Electoral Protection Workers Wanted – The Paper.

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Common Cause New Mexico is partnering with a coalition of organizations to run a nonpartisan voter protection program again this year to help voters who are having trouble voting. The organizations will set up teams on the ground to answer questions and provide a hotline in four different languages ​​for voters to report concerns. The hotline number is 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or, for Spanish speakers, 888-VEY-VOTA.

The non-partisan program, called Protect the Vote, is a national program focused on the voter, not the partisan horse race. In New Mexico, partners include the ACLU of New Mexico, Native American Voters Alliance, Black Voters Collaborative, Progress Now New Mexico, Center for Civic Policy, and Ole New Mexico.

Protect the Vote is looking for volunteers to work in their own counties as observers or poll watchers during the early voting period (October 22 – November 6) and Election Day (November 8). Volunteers must be trained. To register go to http://protectthevote.net. People with a legal background who wish to volunteer for the hotline – and integral part of the program – contact https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org. Knowledge of the NM electoral code is particularly useful.

Our election protection volunteers are different from the poll watchers deployed by the Democratic and Republican parties, and separate from the election officers (judge chairs, clerks) employed by the county clerks and the secretary of state. They are often posted outside polling stations or other important locations during the election process and carry cards with the hotline number – 866-687-8683 or for Spanish speakers 888-VEY-VOTA.

Common Cause New Mexico has operated a Voter Protection Program since 2008 to ensure that every eligible New Mexico voter who wants to vote can and that every vote is accurately counted. The program is not affiliated with any party, candidate or thematic campaign.

“With all the registration changes, COVID, and attempts to cast doubt on the integrity of the election, we believe this effort is now more important than ever,” said Mario Jimenez, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico.

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