1. If you or anyone you know would like direct voter assistance in your state prospectively or while you or they are in the midst of doing so (on 11/7 or early voting) - or afterwards: please call the national toll-free voter hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE; I volunteered with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR) in this effort for the '04 election and assure you that it's effective and important.
2. If you or anyone (at least 18 years of age) you know live in Los Angeles County and would be available on 11/7 to help at a precinct, please contact Gina Munoc (or Brenda) at 562/462-2547 x 2546, Gmunoc@rrcc.co.la.ca.us regarding the role of a Clerk Reservist, i.e., emergency replacement for those who cannot fulfill their prior commitment. Stephen and I both will be "inspectors" (poll supervisors) at local precincts. It's highly likely you, too, would be placed at a precinct that's convenient for you. (I've worked at precincts - in Manchester, NH - and it's a vital and fulfilling role; plus, you can make sure that the rules are being followed in this era of uncertain voting procedures and electronic voting machines.) Note that the above-mentioned voter hotline is also helpful for those of us who are working in the polling place.
3. Other ways to volunteer, sign up online at (1) http://www.866OurVote.org if you or they are lawyers, paralegals or law students for legal field programs in targeted states; or (2) http://pollworkersfordemocracy.org/.
You've likely heard this from me or others, but to quote People For the American Way Foundation, "Nationwide, counties are experiencing a shortage of people who are willing and able to work as election judges and assist voters on Election Day. It's a crisis that could affect people's ability to cast their votes. Due to changes like new electronic voting technology and ID requirements, the possibility of problems at the polls has increased and so has the need for capable, engaged poll workers to help avoid and solve those problems."
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