You Can Make a Difference in This Year’s Presidential Election!
• Have you been glued to CNN since Barack Obama and John McCain announced their respective VP candidates?
• Do you believe that every eligible American citizen is entitled to have his or her vote counted?
• Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the political process?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Election Protection program is for you.
Election Protection(EP) is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. It guides voters through the voting process, helping to ensure that all eligible American citizens have the opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot and have that vote counted. While Election Protection is a resource for all Americans, the program focuses on traditionally disenfranchised communities, including: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other racially and ethnically diverse communities; seniors; young people; low-income voters; and individuals with disabilities. The lead legal partner for Election Protection is the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
This year, the ABA is a co-sponsor for Election Protection, as it was in 2004 and 2006. It is currently seeking pro bono assistance from lawyers, law firms, bar associations, and corporate legal departments to help with various aspects of Election Protection 2008, including facilitating local Legal Committees; staffing and hosting the national voter hotline; and preparing materials for the program. Individual law firms and corporate legal departments may volunteer for one or all of the above. For more information on the ABA’s involvement in the program, visit www.abanet.org/2008election/.
In 2004, Election Protection mobilized 25,000 volunteers, including 8,000 legal volunteers to monitor polling places, educate voters, provide legal support to poll monitors and answer the national voter services hotline. The program aims to surpass this accomplishment in 2008.
Get involved NOW!!!
Submit your Volunteer Contact Information online.
For additional information regarding Election Protection, contact Rachel Patrick, Director of the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice at PatrickR@staff.abanet.org or 312-988-5408.