NAACP Election Day Command Center Tracks Voter Problems, Monitor Illegal Suppression ActivitiesDecember 31, 1969
The NAACP actives its Election Day Command Center to serve as the hub of all election protection activities. The Command Center, based at the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore, MD, is established to ensure the integrity of the voting process. NAACP staff, in partnership with state and local organizations, legal advisors, community and faith leaders, will respond to and track incoming reports of voter suppression and protection violations received on the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline.
“Our priority is to mobilize and protect the vote,” said NAACP
President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.
“The teams in our Command Center will be able to provide hourly reports of voter incidents and trends from around the country.”
The centerpiece of the effort is the free, nonpartisan hotlines –1-866-OUR-VOTE for English speakers and 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA for Spanish speakers— that connect callers with questions or incidents to report with legal experts who can offer impartial and confidential advice.
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.
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.
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.