Election Day Voter Protection Program
Seventy’s Voter Protection Program volunteers spend Election Day visiting the polls and providing support for voters and election officers. The goal of the Voter Protection Program is to help solve issues that could prevent registered voters from voting and to collect data to improve future elections. It's a great (nonpartisan) way to be right in the thick of the action.
Thanks to our May 21 Election Day volunteers. Registration for our November 2013 Election Day Program will begin in October.
Voter Protection Program Overview
It was more than 100 years ago, in 1905, when we sent our first nonpartisan volunteers to polling places to help ensure fair and free elections. The oldest election protection program in America is still going strong. Safeguarding elections is why we were founded, and we have done it at every election since.
Field volunteers are the core of the Committee of Seventy’s Election Day program. Field volunteers work in groups of two or three in neighborhoods throughout the city. They spend a shift traveling to different polling places, checking up that everybody at the polling place is following the proper procedures, answering voters’ questions, and reporting incidents and ongoing problems back to the Committee of Seventy.
Hotline volunteers work in Seventy's office on Election Day, answering calls from voters, poll officials and Seventy Volunteers. Hotline volunteers staff the 1-866-OUR-VOTE election protection hotline and help voters find their polling places, give basic assistance with Election Day rules, direct problems to the correct authorities and document problems that will be responded to by field teams.
All new Voter Protection Program volunteers must attend an in-person training. There will also be online trainings available for returning volunteers.
The Committee of Seventy staff will assign you a shift, partner and a set of polling places to visit at your volunteer training. Our online registration form will ask you to indicate your preferences for shift time, location, and partner(s). Please indicate if you would like to volunteer on foot, bike, or car, and if you are willing to work multiple shifts.
Please direct all questions and inquiries to Molly Morrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-557-3600 ext. 107.