Election Day Poll Monitors Needed

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is joining with New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Advancement Project, People for the American Way and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to establish a state-wide election protection project for this November's gubernatorial election.

NJ Election Protection 2005 (NJEP2005) is looking for volunteers who are willing to be trained as poll monitors (with particular attention to the use of provisional ballots, challenges, and the manner in which poll workers treat voters and handle any problems with election machinery) and who will make themselves available for three to four hour shifts at polling places on November 8, and a two-hour training sometime in before the election.

Using a short questionnaire, poll monitors will survey people leaving their polling places about their voting experience. Monitors encountering people who had problems voting can call the Election Protection headquarters in Newark, and speak directly with lawyers. NJEP2005 is also in need of lawyers who will travel to the polling sites or to county courthouses on election day as needed.

After the elections are over, Monitors will mail the survey responses back to NJEP2005 where they will be organized to facilitate future advocacy efforts targeted at improving the administration of elections in New Jersey.

Monitors must be able to travel to the polling place and have a cell phone. Polling places will be in Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, Paterson, Jersey City as well as other sites. We will try to accommodate a volunteer's choice of polling place.

NJEP2005 also needs volunteers in Newark to help answer phones and enter data into the NJEP2005 databases on election day and immediately following the elections.

For more information or to volunteer, send an e-mail to: electionprotection@aclu-nj.org.

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