Election Protection Smartphone App Fights Voter Suppression
New app registers voters, informs them of new laws
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials Educational Fund, New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting have teamed up to create the Election Protection Smartphone App.
The app, which debuted on Thursday, August 9, will help voters verify their registration, register to vote, find their polling place and keep them up to date on any new voting rules and regulations in their state. The Election Protection app will also allow users to ask questions and report problems registering to vote or casting ballots.
The wave of voter suppression legislation that crashed through state legislatures across the country since 2010 has really heightened a level of confusion for voters and it's more important than in past elections to ensure that they fully understand what they need to know and bring with them to vote on Election Day," Eric Marshall, manager of legal mobilization for the Lawyers' Committee, tells BET.com.
To download the app, text OURVOTE to 90975. The hotline number is 866-OUR-VOTE.