Monday, November 3, 2008

Protect the Vote

Don't Fall for Election Day Misinformation!

Onslaught of dirty tricks as Election Day nears
In the final hours of the campaign, bogus fliers, e-mails and calls increase

Get the straight scoop from the folks at who want to PROTECT your right to vote.

If you are heading to the polls tomorrow, please be sure to take this number with you: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). This national, toll-free election protection hotline can help with any voting-related questions or problems you might encounter.

Before going to vote, please be sure to:

* Find out in advance where your polling place is. You can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to find your polling place and confirm your registration, or look up your voting location here.

* Know what you need to bring to the polls. Check out our website for state-by-state voting information.

* Give yourself plenty of time to vote. Lines will likely be long in many places.

You can help Protect the Vote by passing the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline number on to everyone you know who will be voting tomorrow. The national election protection coalition, which Common Cause is proud to be part of, is committed to making sure every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot, and every ballot is counted accurately. If there are problems on Election Day, we want to be able to get to the bottom of them as fast as possible.

Also, Common Cause will hold an hour-long briefing call on Election Day at 5:30pm eastern time for all members and activists to talk about what we're hearing and seeing around the country. We'll have representatives from our national office on the line to talk about big-picture trends, and our staff who are on the ground in states like Ohio, Florida, Colorado and North Carolina to give reports from the field.

Please RSVP now, and we'll send you the toll-free dial-in information. We will take questions at the end of the call; however, please do not wait for this briefing call if you have a problem to report. Call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE to relay any problems in your area.

Thanks for all you do,

Susannah Goodman
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

P.S. Here are a few more ways that you can help Protect the Vote tomorrow:

* Use your Twitter account, cell phone or any touch-tone phone to report on your voting experience. It's easy -- click here for more information about how to "Tweet Your Vote".

* Rate your polling place and your experience of voting. Your rating and those of other voters will produce a real-time map of voting conditions throughout the country on November 4.

* Video the Vote: Shoot a video of your experience on Election Day and share it with the world. Some states have laws restricting when and where you can take pictures or video at voting sites – so be sure to check out the rules in your state before taking out your camera.

Voting is your RIGHT. Do not let tricksters and cheaters deprive you of it tomorrow!


  1. Well, I'm not from US but I endorse the principle here. I think it applies here in UK too.

    Recent blog post: Tales Of King Arthur And Camelot

  2. Thank you, Lizzie. I think it applies to every democratic society. Of course, if you live in a country where voting is your right, you have an obligation to exercise that right and to defend it vigorously. As with any right, there are those who would deprive you of it or cheat you out of it by trickery in order to "win." Politics shouldn't be treated like a football match.

    Recent blog post: Vancouver, British Columbia


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