Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Briefing

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Mississippi has two election protection programs in place for Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Here is a quick look at both of them, as well as what you can do if you or other people experience any problems Tuesday.

This non-partisan, nonprofit coalition of advocacy groups will provide help with voting problems Tuesday. The coalition will staff a toll-free hotline, (888) 601-VOTE, with access to more than 200 lawyers statewide ready to help resolve issues on Election Day. Protect the Vote also will maintain and update Election Day issues at a blog, www.601vote.wordpress.com. You can visit the blog throughout the day for the latest information on Election Day issues. Coalition members are the Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union, the Mississippi Association for Justice, the Magnolia Bar Association and the Mississippi Center for Justice. Protect the Vote 2008 is not sponsored by any political party, candidate or campaign.

The Mississippi Democratic Party’s Voter Defense Project will include legal and communications experts on hand to ensure Mississippi voters understand their Election Day rights and that no lawful voter is turned away from the polls.
The program will include the following elements:
  • Attorneys, known as “vote defenders,” will be prepositioned throughout Mississippi and prepared to deploy to areas that report polling problems.
  • Election Monitors at each polling location will ensure lawful voters are not turned away and will report “aggressive challenge patterns.”
  • Legal experts will be on standby to interpret federal, state and local election laws and guidelines.
  • Rapid-response communicators will be on-hand to rebut misleading and inconsistent statements from state or regional officials
And as always, if you have any questions about anything on Election Day, you can call the Mississippi Democratic Party headquarters at (601) 969-2913.

-- The Mississippi Democratic Party Staff