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Volunteer opportunities with Election Protection: Making a Difference

June 12, 2020 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

ClassACT for Election Protection

Class Act has found an important and convenient opportunity for lawyers to volunteer and help voters during this election season.  

Election Protection (EP), a non-partisan organization that advises voters on their rights, is looking for lawyers to staff its hotlines on a remote basis.  You can take voters' calls at home to assist them with problems they encounter registering or trying to vote.     

EP needs volunteers now, as several states are conducting primaries.  Your service for EP will count for pro bono credit.  EP will assign you a particular state, which may not be your home state.  EP will provide you with three hours of training online, in two separate sessions, which you can watch at any time.  

Please see EP's message below, which includes the link for signing up and more details.  You can also contact Ryan O'Connell of Class Act (ryanoconnell2@gmail.com) if you have questions; please copy him if you sign up.  

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks the pro bono assistance of volunteers with staffing remotely the Election Protection English language national voter hotline.  Please see below for additional information. 


Election Protection – Staffing National Voter Hotline Remotely (Remote)  - Record Call Volume

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its coalition partners seek legal volunteers to remotely staff Election Protection’s English language national voter hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE)). The hotline is answered by remote volunteers seven days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Eastern, with additional shifts on Election Day.  The hotline provides assistance to voters with problems and guides them throughout the voting process.  Volunteers must complete two 1.5 hour trainings, including one on accessing the technology remotely.  Support is provided to the volunteers via a captain during their shift and “user guides” and substantive information on voting.   The Lawyers’ Committee is the client.  Volunteers sign up directly using the link provided below. 

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources, including a suite of voter hotlines (866-OUR-VOTE,  888-VE-Y-VOTA, 888-API-VOTE and 844-Yalla-US), field programs and digital outreach tools.   Election Protection is not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party and is available to all Americans.  For more information about Election Protection, please visit www.866OurVote.org.

 

What:

Staff Election Protection Hotline remotely from home

Who:

Lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and law students

When:

Ongoing

How:

Online platform; computer with internet plus headphones needed

Training:

The training consists of two parts. YOU MUST DO BOTH OF THESE.

o    Part 1 – 1.5 hour on-demand (i.e. watch at any time) substantive training

o    Part 2 – 1.5 hour on-demand training on how to use the technology.

  • You will receive this link via We the Action.

Other Support:

  1. Captains will be available during a volunteer’s shift.
  2. Extensive helpful documents available online.

Volunteer Code of Conduct:

Volunteers must “virtually agree” to Code of Conduct.

https://forms.gle/EAq8AsM39DA5MeeY9

How to Volunteer: 

Sign up directly using the link: 
https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org/volunteering/private/A9XBmdJfCi4x

 

NOTE:  If you have a We the Action volunteer account, you must login before signing up for a shift.

NOTE:  All shifts and trainings posted are Eastern Standard Time.


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