Every year, Common Cause Pennsylvania mobilizes hundreds of volunteer Election Protection poll monitors to help fellow voters at the polls navigate the voting process and cast their votes without obstruction, confusion, or intimidation.
The Election Protection program is a crucial piece of Common Cause Pennsylvania’s efforts to protect voters against suppression, dilution, and negation of their votes. When voters experience confusion, obstruction, or intimidation at the polls, we are there to provide them with the resources they need to exercise their right to vote. Our volunteer poll monitors are trained to inform voters of their rights, answer questions, help election officials handle problems in real time, and notify legal teams to intervene if necessary.
Become an Election Protection Poll Monitor
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Since 2016 Common Cause PA has led the Election Protection Poll Monitor program. Every election year, hundreds of volunteers across the commonwealth train to assist voters at their polling places and ensure that every voter is able to cast their vote.
Poll monitors also gather data for the Election Protection team so that we can advocate for legislative and policy changes and better prepare for future elections. As a poll monitor, you may:
- Help voters find their correct polling places
- Distribute yard signs at polling places in your area
- Monitor activity outside polling places and report long lines, late openings/early closings, electioneering, and/or voter intimidation
- Help poll workers solve Election Day problems
About the Election Protection coalition
The Election Protection coalition, of which Common Cause is a lead organization, is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort of over 100 local, state, and national organizations that work year round to protect the right of all voters to cast their ballots. The Election Protection hotlines – offered in English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali – are invaluable resources for voters and across the nation.