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Take Action: Join the ADC Voter Protection Unit

 

Join the ADC Voter Protection Unit: Volunteer to be an Election Monitor

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | July 27, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is calling on community members across the country to serve and volunteer with the ADC-Voter Protection Unit for the upcoming general election on November 8, 2016.

The ADC-Voter Protection Unit (ADC-VPU) will be placing election monitors in key states across the country to ensure that our community is not denied our fundamental right to vote. Given the rise in xenophobic rhetoric by politicians this election cycle, it is crucial that individuals in the Arab-American community take lead to protect our right to vote.

Take Action to Protect our Right to Vote:

Know Your Voting 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.

Click here to Know Your Voting Rights (English)

Click here to Know Your Voting Rights (Arabic)

How to volunteer?

Contact ADC-VPU at vpu@adc.org by Wednesday, October 12, 2016 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 ADC-VPU volunteers?

Election Monitor:

  • Primary responsibility will be to ensure that the election process is fair and the VRA is not violated.
  • Will be placed at a polling station by the District Representative.
  • Will be given instructions on how to report any acts of voter intimidation or disenfranchisement.
  • Should be willing to commit to volunteering for a 2-4 hour block of time.

Election Monitor District Representative: 

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

Training:

The ADC-VPU will send additional training material via email prior to the elections, and will also hold a conference call for all VPU volunteers. Specific details and instructions will be provided to volunteers during this call.

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