NAACP Command Center Tracking Voter Issues Around The Country Volunteers In Baltimore Answer Hotline Calls From Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, And VirginiaDecember 31, 1969
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 (www.ourvotelive.org), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
--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.