A nonpartisan voter protection coalition launched a hotline Tuesday to help voters with questions and to ensure that all voters know their rights.


A nonpartisan voter protection coalition launched a hotline Tuesday to help voters with questions and to ensure that all voters know their rights.

Volunteers will be available to assist voters through Election Day by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE toll-free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day, the hotline will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for voters with any last minute questions or issues that may arise at polling areas.

The toll-free number, administered by the Lawyers’ Committee is available to any voters who need information, assistance or need guidance in understanding their rights. It is open to the entire voting public, but targets historically disenfranchised communities, including Hispanic, African American and low-income communities.

The coalition of organizations that are a part of this effort include the Civic Engagement Table, Common Cause Minne­sota, The League of Women Voters, and TakeAction Minnesota.

“Election Protection is needed now more than ever,” said Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minne­sota. “The 2008 election in Minnesota underscores the need for voters to be prepared and to know their rights. Election Protection will continue to guide voters through the voting process, helping to ensure that that all eligible voters have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”