Every election year, Common Cause mobilizes thousands of Election Protection volunteers to help our fellow Americans navigate the voting process and cast their votes without obstruction, confusion, or intimidation.
Our votes are our voice in determining the future of our communities and country. At a time when far too many eligible voters are discouraged from voting or wrongly turned away from the polls, we need to rededicate ourselves to increasing participation among eligible voters.
But over the past several years, we have seen a disturbing increase in the number and scope of attempts to suppress the votes of tens of thousands of American citizens – sometimes by illegal, intimidating practices.
With thousands of volunteers on the ground, and a team of legal experts staffing the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, Common Cause is a crucial line of defense for voters against suppression tactics, confusing laws, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to making themselves heard. Above all, we inform voters of their rights, help elections officials handle problems in real time, and notify legal teams when the courts’ interference is needed.
State-by-state, we place trained poll monitors at polling places, especially in communities with a history of voting problems, where hotly-contested races exacerbate the chance of long lines, confusion, and other complications. We’ll also be in states where there may be confusion about voter ID requirements. Poll monitors will provide information, troubleshoot problems, and report bad practices to our teams to resolve them with election officials.
It’s this effort that facilitates our year-round work to advance strong voting reform: we note patterns or practices during the election, bring problems to the attention of elections officials and administrators, and work with them to arrive at commonsense solutions together. With this “all hands on deck” approach, we advance improved elections systems.