Election Day Hotline Will Run Today To Make Sure Voters Have Access (UPDATE)
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a statewide election day hotline, a way for people encountering any trouble accessing their right to vote to get help. This is the second time the hotline has been used. The first was last November, when the state received hundreds of complaints that their access to the polls was impeded in some way.
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So much time is spent vilifying the Southern states that it's easy to forget that New York is also subject to the Voting Rights Act section 5, which puts changes to the state's election laws under special scrutiny of the Federal government.
The hotline is one way the state complies with the VRA, even though the law was defanged by the Supreme Court this past May.
"My office is committed to full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and other federal and state laws that require equal access to the ballot box," said Schneiderman in a statement.
Though there has not been much doomsaying about barring vulnerable voters from polling stations--save some hand-wringing over levered ballot machines over at the New York Times--the AG's office
Voters can call the hotline at 800-771-7755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Update: Runnin' Scared may have snarked too soon--reports have been coming in all morning that the levered ballot machines have been breaking down all across the city. Twitter has been aflame with tweets at the city Board of Elections about the busted machines.
City Councilman Brad Lander tracked the problem at his Park Slope polling station until the Board of Elections fixed the problem up.
Please help! @BOENYC Many machines broken at Park Slope Armory (44th AD in Brooklyn). Many voters turned away.— Brad Lander (@bradlander) September 10, 2013
Thanks @BOENYC for resolving the voting machine problems at the Park Slop Armory quickly!— Brad Lander (@bradlander) September 10, 2013