1-866-OUR-VOTE: Make sure students, staff and faculty know they can call this number to verify their registration status, locate their polling place, learn what ID they may need at the polls, and get answers to other election-related questions. The toll-free line is open from 6 AM until the polls close nation wide on Election Day. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for info. On Election Day, if you encounter long lines, your right to vote is questioned, or you see other voters having difficulty, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) immediately: The hotline will have people standing to help. There is also a Spanish language line - 1-866-VE-Y-VOTA (1-866-839-8682) for those more comfortable conversing en Espanol.
Hurricane Sandy Update: The governors of both New York and New Jersey have announced that they will allow voters to cast provisional ballots at any polling place in their respective states. However, voters will not be able to vote for local races - only national and statewide - if they are voting outside that area. New Jersey has additionally announced that it will allow displaced voters to vote by fax or e-mail. (Should such voting be successful, it may set a precedent for future online voting. Five states already allow online voter registration.) ion.) Election Protection has also put together a helpful breakdown of changes to state voting procedures in states impacted by Sandy.
Election Protection Smartphone app: This is a great way for students glued to their mobile devices to get all the information they need, including registration verification, looking up their polling place, reviewing key voting rules and regulations for their state, and contacting Election Protection via phone or email to report a problem or get answers to their questions. You can download it right here; you can also text OURVOTE to 90975 to download the app.
Finding your precinct: Students and others (outside New York and New Jersey) who aren't sure where they're supposed to vote can text "where" to 877877; they'll receive a response asking for the address on their registration, and then they will immediately receive the location of their polling place. Make sure students in your state and on your campuses know about this handy tool.
National CEEP staff Jonathan Romm and Geov Parrish will be also available all day on Election Day to help with resources for any problems not covered by the above items. Before noon Eastern Time, contact Jonathan at 414-232-0592 or email@example.com; after noon ET, Geov will be at 206-547-4619 and firstname.lastname@example.org through the end of polling on the West Coast.
Election Day is the payoff for months of hard work by national and state CEEP staff, administrators, faculty members, and students. Thanks to each of you, and make sure everyone you know votes!