Election Protection Program

The Committee of Seventy’s Election Protection Program dates back to our founding in 1904 and is a vital part of our fight for clean and well-run elections. Volunteers spend Election Day visiting polls and providing support for voters and polling place officials, helping resolve issues reported to the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection Hotline. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers over the years, the program has become one of the largest and most sophisticated in the country.

Volunteers can serve several different roles:


Field Teams
work in groups of two or three to monitor polls in a specific ward, checking for inappropriate behavior and answering voters’ questions. They report incidents and ongoing problems back to the Committee of Seventy.

Roving Teams also work in groups of two or three but are assigned specific districts (each includes 5 to 10 wards). They respond to incidents and problems reported to Seventy by field teams or by others calling the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline. We encourage returning volunteers (especially those with cars!) to consider serving on a roving team.

Hotline volunteers work in Seventy's office on Election Day, answering calls from voters, poll officials and Seventy Volunteers. Hotline volunteers staff the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection Hotline and help voters find their polling places, give basic assistance with Election Day rules, direct problems to the correct authorities and document problems that will be responded to by field and roving teams.


EPP_Region_Map_no_dates.jpgIf volunteering for a field team, please take a moment to review the map to the left. Our online registration form will ask you to indicate your preference for shift time, location, and partner(s). Please select at least two districts in which you could serve. Committee of Seventy staff will make every effort to assign you to a ward located in one of your selected districts.

For a larger PDF version of the map, click here. Want to view a map of the city that includes street names and ward boundaries? Click here. (Select "Political Wards" from the "Regions" tab in the upper-left corner.)

Roving team volunteers may be assigned to any of the 10 districts. If you can provide a car for your field or roving team, please let us know!

Hotline volunteers, because they will be stationed at Seventy's office in Center City, will only need to indicate their preference of shift time.

All volunteers, please indicate if you speak a second language or are willing to work multiple shifts!


REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 2nd.

SIGN UP TODAY!



Training Schedule for the May 20, 2014 Election Protection Program

We urge all new Election Protection Program volunteers to attend an in-person training. Online trainings are available for returning volunteers.

The following training dates are scheduled in our online registration form:

Training

Date

Time

Location

Online Field/Roving Training for Returning Volunteers

Tuesday, May 6

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Field/Roving Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 6

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

Online Field/Roving Training for Returning Volunteers

Wednesday, May 7

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Field/Roving Volunteer Training

Wednesday, May 7

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

Online Field/Roving Training for Returning Volunteers

Thursday, May 8

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Hotline Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 8

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

Field/Roving Volunteer Training

Saturday, May 10

10:00 am - 12 noon

8 Penn Center

Online Field/Roving Training for Returning Volunteers

Monday, May 12

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Field/Roving Volunteer Training

Monday, May 12

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

Online Field/Roving Training for Returning Volunteers

Tuesday, May 13

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Online Hotline Training for Returning Volunteers

Wednesday, May 14

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Online Webinar

Hotline Volunteer Training

Wednesday, May 14

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

Field/Roving Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 15

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

8 Penn Center

*In-person trainings will take place at 8 Penn Center, 1628 JFK Boulevard (17th and JFK Blvd). Volunteers will receive a confirmation email from Seventy staff after registration.

Training Materials for the May 20, 2014 Primary (and Special) Election

Training materials to be posted soon...




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