NAACP Activates Election Day Command Center to Track Voter Problems, Monitor Illegal Suppression ActivitiesDecember 31, 1969
To ensure that all Americans are able to cast a free, unfettered ballot that is protected and counted, the NAACP is again activating its Election Day Command Center on November 4. The Command Center will be operating from the Association’s national headquarters located in west Baltimore.
The Command Center will act as ‘war room’ of sorts, where the NAACP in partnership with state and local organizations, legal advisors, community and faith leaders, in addition to its 1,700 branches across the country will be working to ensure the integrity of the voting process.
“Protection of voter rights and voter mobilization are among the core responsibilities this organization cherishes,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “We will not tolerate tactics to suppress voters. In our view, voter disenfranchisement, harassment, intimidation and deception are simply un-American.”
The centerpiece of the effort is the free, nonpartisan hotlines which connect voters with questions or problems to legal experts who can offer impartial and confidential advice.
Since August 12, the hotline has received over 60,000 calls to include voter registration problems, accounts of voter intimidation and polling place issues at sites nationwide. On Election Day 2004, the Command Center and its regional offices responded to more than 100,000 calls from troubled voters on the 866-OUR VOTE hotline.
In the Command Center, various stations will also be set up to track poll activity, results and potentially dispatch legal teams to areas where voting irregularities or problems may warrant immediate attention. Special focus will be given to 750 precincts across the country where there has been a history of voting problems.
NAACP branches in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore and Detroit among other locations, will operate localized command centers to assist voters in those cities. In keeping with tradition, many NAACP units will also provide rides to the polls for those who do not have transportation.
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.