"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
President Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Having lived through the distressing and discouraging national elections of 2000 and 2004, I am relieved that the Obama-Biden campaign and many other fine organizations are working hard to ensure that every registered voter will be able to vote in this vital 2008 election. Unlike 2000 and 2004, efforts are already well underway to head off problems at the polls, rather than trying to fix the problems on the fly on election day or, worse still, after the polls have closed.
Here’s a list of organizations and coalitions where you can get accurate information about voting, report problems with voting or get involved in helping to make the 2008 election the exciting, positive, empowering experience it can and should be!
: : Perhaps the biggest clearinghouse/coalition is Election Protection. This is the one with the special phone number: 1 (866) OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). The website has a wealth of information. And if you experience any problems with registration or voting, you should call the phone number to report the situation.
: : Common Cause and their special project: Protect The Vote
: : People For The American Way Voting Rights Information
: : Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters
: : Project Vote Smart Voter Information by state
: : The American Civil Liberties Union’s Voter Empowerment Program, including access to downloadable Voting Rights information cards for many states.
: : Also The American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, which was established in 1965, has lots of useful information.
Turn HOPE into reality. VOTE!