New App Puts Tools To Fight Voter Suppression In Your Hands

Text OURVOTE to 90975 to verify registration status, check voting rules, find polling locations and report potential voting obstructions

(Washington, DC) – The new Election Protection app, available on all major mobile devices, is the most powerful election protection tool available today.The app was created to empower voters and to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their ballots and have them counted this Election Day.

One of the most important features of the app is the ability to ask questions or report any type of voting problem directly to a team of highly trained volunteers and tap into a coalition of attorneys and legal experts at the national and local level to immediately answer questions and pursue remedies.

“The development of this app was a true collaboration of organizations that are each focused on helping all eligible Americans vote and determined to put the power to protect voting rights directly in the hands of voters," said Eric Marshall of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

This app, designed and built by Revolution Messaging, turns your mobile phone into a citizen watch dog tool and gives you the ability to connect to the national Voter Protection network by downloading the app from iTunes, or by texting “OURVOTE” to 90975. You can even use your phone's GPS & camera features (iPhone users) to take a photo of the potential violation and geo-tag it to the exact location of the incident!

"As a former Freedom Rider, I know the incredible importance of exercising your right as an American to cast a ballot. I hope every smartphone holder in the country uses the power now in their hands to fight for every single American's precious right to vote," said Harold Ickes, president of Catalist.

The app is available on all major mobile devices (iOS, Android, Blackberry) and works on all smartphones, tablets and through the mobile web. It is easily shareable between friends and family – just tell them to text “OURVOTE” to 90975 - regardless of the type of smartphone you might use. A Spanish language version of the app is also coming soon. The mobile app allows users in real-time to:

  • Report problems and issues of obstructing voters rights through live hotline directly to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and use an easy to upload form to geo-tag the location if the problem using smartphone GPS, and even add a photo to the report
  • Verify voter registration status using links to Catalist's continuously updated national voter database
  • Submit voter registration forms through Rock-the-Vote
  • Look up polling locations through Google's "VIP" service
  • See key voting rules & regulations for each state compiled by New Organizing Institute
  • Review what type of machines are used at each polling place compiled by Verified Voting

 

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Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683), smartphone application and other resources, and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting, offering live assistance. The coalition has more than 100 partners - including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian- American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials Education Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, Verified Voting Foundation, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice - at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services now through Election Day for all 50 states.

For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and the smartphone application, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.


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