If you need to check your polling place or have any problems voting... or see anyone having problems, please call:
The National VOTER PROTECTION HOTLINE
From landline = 1-877-874-62262 (877-US4-OBAMA)
From cell = 877-874-62262 (do not dial the "1" in front)
They'll ask you for your zip code, then you select whether you need to find a polling place or want to report a voting problem.
Don't worry that there are more numbers than usual in the phone number.
In New York State, it connects you to the organization I'm a part of, the New York Democratic Lawyers Council which has fielded 800 lawyers & others to protect the vote in NYS and 2200 across the nation. Elsewhere it connects you to that state's election protection group.
On election day, NPR is participating in Vote Report <http://npr.org/votereport>, a national network of volunteer programmers and bloggers interested in using the Internet to identify potential voting problems across the country. If you experience any problems such as unusual delays, voting machine breakdowns, etc. you can share your experience using your mobile phone and help us identify trends as they happen.
There are several ways you can participate in the project:
*Texting:* Send us a text message at 66937 and begin it with the phrase #votereport. (Be sure you don't forget the pound sign.) Include your ZIP code and a very brief description of the problem. You can include other keywords to help pinpoint the problem; see npr.org/votereport <http://npr.org/votereport> for more info.
*Voicemail:* Call (567) 258-VOTE (8683) from any phone and record a message.
*Twitter:* Send a tweet with the phrase #votereport, then include your ZIP code and description. There are other keywords <http://npr.org/votereport> you can include as well.
*iPhone and Google Phone:* We've create an iPhone app <http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=294901399&mt=8> you can download from the Education section of the iPhone app store on your phone. There is a Google Phone/Android <http://openideals.com/android/VoteReport.apk> version as well.
*YouTube:* In conjunction with PBS and YouTube's Video Your Vote <http://www.youtube.com/videoyourvote> project, you can upload a video and report any problems you experience.
This map <http://www.npr.org/news/specials/votereport/map.html> will display a continuously updating snapshot of the most recent reports, and you can check out state-by-state maps as well.
Of course, you should also alert local election officials if you'd like to file a complaint. Also, please be mindful of any local restrictions on using your mobile phone at the polling place; you may have to file your report after you leave the premises.
For more information, please visit NPR's Vote Report home page <http://npr.org/votereport>.
/-- Andy Carvin <http://www.npr.org/templates/community/persona.php?uid=1830547>/