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'Election protection' effort reports most calls from Florida voters



A national voter protection group reports receiving more phone calls from voters in Florida than any other state -- more than 800 since it activated a hotline last week.

Election Protection is a program run by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and its mission statement says it helps all voters, "including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting."

In a release, the group said more than 300 Florida voters called with specific questions about their mail ballots. The release said other voters are asking if they can change their address at polling places (they can) and are reporting "disruptive electioneering" at early voting sites in the state.

The hotline number is 866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683), and the recorded greeting has prompts for voters in North Carolina, Colorado and Ohio, but not for Florida specifically. The group, joined by the ACLU of Florida, Common Cause, and Florida C3 Engagement Table, has scheduled a conference call with media outlets Thursday.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 11:03am]


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