The NAACP Command Center, working with the Election Protection Program, issued the following notice to newsies a little over an hour ago:
We’re here at the NAACP Command Center, where calls are still coming in from people who are having difficulty casting their vote. The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline has taken over 32,000 calls so far today from across the country, reporting long lines, inadequate staffing or materials, and at least 400 incidents of voter intimidation.
Of particular concern today is the youth vote, as so many of our young people are participating in their first election. But many could fall victim to a text message circulating in an attempt to suppress their votes. The text message reads: “Due to long lines today, all Obama voters are asked to vote on Wednesday. Thank you for your cooperation.”
We are also concerned about the continuing issues coming out of Virginia, where extremely long lines and potential ballot shortages may make it difficult for many Virginians to cast their vote.
Election Protection volunteers are working with officials across the country to find solutions to these and other problems that are popping up as we move into the evening, often the busiest time for the polls. There is some good news, too. Election Protection officials have been able to work with precincts to make the wait times shorter for folks, and to insure that the elderly and disabled are accommodated.
If you haven’t already, please get to the polls and cast your vote. And if you have a problem voting we’ll be here, please call us at 866-OUR-VOTE.
Director of Civic Engagement