Lawyers needed on Election Day–Protect voting rights

Election Day is almost here, and we are organizing our Election Day legal plans. There is so much at stake on November 6th, and voter protection is important right here in our area. We know that every person who is entitled to vote should be allowed to vote, and should be free from intimidation.

As you know, we can’t take anything for granted, even when the polls make our supporters think it’s a sure thing. Republicans are more energized than earlier this year. Right-wing operatives and billionaires are dumping resources into our area because they’re desperate to hold on to power and because they sense that Democrats won’t be organized this time around. But our values—Democratic and democratic—are on the line, whether it’s the race for governor or county board. People are fed up and on our side. They’re counting on us to help navigate what could be a hectic voting process. And our Election Protection Team will have attorneys on call to help Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood, two Democratic candidates for Congress in races Democrats can win and flip Republican seats from red to blue.

We are writing to ask you to to volunteer to join our Election Day Legal Team. Many of you have either done this important work before, or expressed interest in helping out this time. We need to do everything we can to ensure that Election Day goes smoothly and all voters have their rights protected.

>>Join our Tenth Dems Election Protection Team now.<<

If you’ve done this before, you know how important this project is. If not, know that you will not be left untrained and will not be alone. We’ve scheduled two training sessions—one this Saturday morning, October 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Libertyville, and another on Thursday evening, November 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in Highland Park. You can attend either one, and yes, there will be food! The training is also open to candidates and campaign staff/top volunteers, so they also know what to look out for at voting sites. And 1.5 hours FREE CLE for lawyers!

Our Election Day voter protection program provides plenty of support for our volunteers in the field, so you don’t have to be an election law expert to volunteer. We have a great instruction/troubleshooting manual, and there will be experienced lawyers available by phone and in various locations around the district. You can always call us with questions. We’ll have a hotline for Election Protection Team members to call on Election Day.

Please respond now at the link below. And, feel free to recruit and/or forward this to other Democratic lawyers, law students and paralegals.

There are several ways you can volunteer. Times are approximate, sometimes flexible, and you can sign up here: http://tenthdems.org/voterprotection.

  • We need volunteers to be our eyes and ears early when the polls open on Election Day. You will observe the opening of a polling place at 6:00 a.m. and then visit other polling places to ensure that things are running smoothly and take action if they are not. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:45 a.m. until 9:00 or 9:30 a.m.
  • We need volunteers to monitor polls near closing time. You will need to arrive at the assigned polling place at around 5:30 p.m. and remain until it closes. You will ensure that everyone in line by 7:00 p.m. has an opportunity to vote and then monitor the closing process and call in the voting tally. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • We also need volunteers who can monitor for blocks of several hours throughout the day (especially during the lunch and after-school time periods). You can cover assigned polling places, or you can be part of our rapid response team to be dispatched to sites where legal issues have been reported. The hours around lunchtime and school dismissal are most helpful here.
  • We also need volunteers who can help monitor some early voting locations before Election Day.

If you speak a foreign language—especially Spanish—let us know so that we can try to assign you to areas where non-English-speaking voters may need assistance. Spanish-speaking phone responders also are needed.

Let us know if you are available to help in any of these ways. You can sign up here: tenthdems.org/voterprotection.

Thank you for your support and your help in keeping Election Day running smoothly for all our voters and candidates.

Lauren Beth Gash
and the
Tenth Dems Election Protection Team
(847) 266-VOTE (8683)
volunteers@tenthdems.org

P.S. Can’t volunteer for this or not an attorney/law student, but want to help Democrats win in 2018? Email volunteers@tenthdems.org for information about volunteer opportunities (leaders needed).

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