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Schneiderman announces Election Day hotline to help ensure access for voters across state during 2014 election cycle

by jmaloni

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Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 04:50 pm

Attorney general will operate hotline to address language access, polling place barriers, voter intimidation on Election Day

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced an Election Day hotline to help ensure minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the June 24 federal primary election. The attorney general urges voters to call the office's hotline at 800-771-7755 or email [email protected] at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday to report issues or problems at the polls. Attorneys and staff in the office's civil rights bureau will staff the hotline. Hearing-impaired voters can call 800-788-9898 for TDD services.

"The right to vote remains one of our most important civil rights," Schneiderman said. "My office remains committed to enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and other federal and state laws that require that all voters be provided equal access to the ballot box. Our Election Day hotline will help ensure that all eligible voters across our state are able to exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote on Election Day."

During the office's 2012 and 2013 Election Day monitoring efforts, the office fielded hundreds of complaints from voters across the state, and worked with local election officials and others to help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues and barriers encountered by voters at the polls. The Election Day hotline is part of Schneiderman's ongoing statewide initiative to ensure voters do not encounter language barriers on Election Day. 

In addition, the attorney general's office will focus on barriers impacting voters with disabilities, voter intimidation reports, and other issues faced by minority voters. The office will receive and respond to election-related complaints relating to any of the statutes the office enforces. 

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