Press Release

NAACP Command Center Tracking Voter Issues Around The Country Volunteers In Baltimore Answer Hotline Calls From Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, And Virginia

December 10, 2008

It’s Election Day, and the NAACP’s Command Center – manned by NAACP staff, in partnership with state and local organizations, legal advisors, community and faith leaders, and volunteers – continues to respond to and track incoming reports of voter suppression and protection violations received on the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline.  

As of 3:00 PM EST, the NAACP Command Center in Baltimore, one of more than 100 call centers across the country, has logged over 200 reports.  Many people are calling in with questions about polling locations and registration requirements, but over half of the calls have been to report problems, including faulty equipment and voter intimidation concerns

  • One caller in Virginia Beach, VA reported that, after standing in line since 4:00a.m., she was told she had cast an absentee ballot, so she could not vote. The voter refused to leave until she was given a provisional ballot.
  • A Baltimore, MD caller reported that voters were being turned away if they didn’t have their voter registration cards.
  • A voter in Three Rivers, MI called the Hotline to report that when she inserted her ballot, the ballot wasn’t read and wasn’t returned so that it could be reinserted. The voter noticed that the machine count didn’t move, and is concerned that her vote will not be counted.

According to Our Vote Live (, 27,322 reports have been logged nationally as of 2:30 EST. 

Starting at 8:00 a.m., NAACP Command Center volunteers also began making calls to remind voters to head to the polls. By midday, nearly 2,000 calls had been made to Baltimore City residents alone. 

For hourly reports or to schedule interviews, contact the Media Hotline, 410-580-5697 or email

–Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.