NYCLU to Monitor Elections Statewide Today

Affiliate: ACLU of New York
November 7, 2006 12:00 am

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NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is monitoring elections statewide and will respond to complaints from voters who experience obstacles at the polls.

NYCLU lawyers will staff a hotline for voters and observers to report problems at polling places. In previous years, the NYCLU has received complaints about broken voting machines, requests that voters provide personal identification even when it is not legally required, and errors in lists of registered voters. The NYCLU has also fielded complaints regarding lack of assistance in voting booths for persons with disabilities.

“The right to vote is both an essential individual liberty and a cornerstone of our democracy,” said Donna Lieberman, NYCLU Executive Director. “On this critical election day, the NYCLU will keep its phone lines open and will pursue immediate solutions to any voting problems reported.”

Voters can reach the NYCLU’s hotline by calling (212) 607-3300.

Information on New York voters’ rights can be found at: www.nyclu.org/voting_info_2006.html

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