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ACTION ALERT: ADC Relaunches Voter Protection Unit

ACTION ALERT: ADC Relaunches Voter Protection Unit

  • October 16, 2014
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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Protect Our Fundamental Right To Vote:

Volunteer to be an Election Monitor

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | October 16th, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is calling on community members across the country to serve as election monitors in the upcoming elections. With Congress failing to restore key protections to the Voting Rights Act, it is now even more important that individuals in the Arab-American community take action to protect our right to vote. 

In the past few years, many states and localities have implemented new voting restrictions, frequently in attempt to suppress the vote of minority communities. For example, many Arab-Americans had their absentee ballots requests unfairly denied for the August 5th primary in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. 

In response, the ADC-Voter Protection Unit (ADC-VPU) will be placing election monitors in key states across the country to ensure that our fundamental right to vote is not violated.

Take Action to Protect our Right to Vote

How can I volunteer?

Contact ADC-VPU at vpu@adc.org by Thursday, October 30, 2014 if you would like to volunteer. Please include your name, email address, phone number, voting district, and specify whether you would like to be an election monitor or a district representative. Click here to find your voting district. 

What is expected of volunteers?

Election Monitor:

Know your rights. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) makes it illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against racial or ethnic minority groups by denying them the right to vote. An election monitor’s primary responsibility will be to ensure that the election process is fair and the VRA is not violated.  Each monitor will be placed at a polling station by the District Representative. Monitors will be given instructions on how to report any acts of voter intimidation or disenfranchisement. Election monitors should be willing to commit to a 3-4 hour block of time and be able to carry out the duties in the Election Monitor Guidelines. 

Election Monitor District Representative: 

The Election Monitor District Representative will serve as the go-to person to election monitors across the voting district. The District Representative will be responsible for contacting the City or County Clerk should an issue arise.  The District Representative will work to set schedules across a district, and be responsible for strategically placing monitors.  Further, the District Representative will be responsible for reporting to the ADC-VPU on the day’s activities.  The District Representative should be someone who is organized, familiar with election monitoring, and familiar with his or her voting district. 

Training:

The ADC-VPU will send additional training material via email prior to the elections, and will hold a mandatory conference call on the evening of Thursday, October 30, 2014. Specific details and instructions will be provided during this call. 

Click here to learn more about the ADC-VPU and how to report discrimination at the polls.


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