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ACTION ALERT: How to Boost Voting, Protect Rights


November 2, 2004
Friends Committee on National Legislation

The Friends Committee and the Women's League of Voters provide a useful checklist -- with web links -- for promoting the November national vote and for protecting the rights of all voters.

http://www.fcnl.org/elections_2004.htm

What gets people to vote? Being asked. A League of Women Voters survey found that direct encouragement is key. In other words, no expensive ad campaign can match the power of your personal relationships.

Below is a sample email for you to forward to friends, family and colleagues, reminding them to vote. Even with all the election noise, people still need voting reminders. They also need to know their rights, should any voting difficulties arise. We have provided that information as well.

You will also see a link to http://www.mypollingplace.com/. This terrific service sends out email and cell phone text messages with polling place information, particularly crucial for newly registered voters.

For more information on candidates, election logistics and voting rights, please visit our Vote 2004 web site, http://www.fcnl.org/elections_2004.htm. Our staff welcomes your questions. Contact us at 1-800-630-1330 x104 or vote2004@fcnl.org.

Let’s get out the vote!

Please note below the "Five Things You Need to Know on Election Day" from the League of Women Voters. I encourage you to share this information with others, and to take a copy with you when you vote. If you would like a free email or cell phone text
message about your polling station, register with http://www.mypollingplace.com

If you have last minute questions about candidates or election logistics, you can find answers on the web site of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a
nonpartisan Quaker lobby organization: http://www.fcnl.org/elections_2004.htm

As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could
do this is by not voting."

Let’s get out there and vote!

Five Things You Need to Know on Election Day
League of Women Voters

1) Your Ballot, Your Vote. Don’t panic if you registered to vote but your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You may be directed to another polling place or given a provisional ballot.

2) ID – Don’t Go Without It. You may need to show ID. To be safe, bring your driver’s license, or a paycheck, utility bill or government document that includes your name and street address.

3) Writing on the Wall. Look at the signs at the polling place for directions on how to
use the voting machines, a list of your voting rights, and instructions for filing a complaint if your rights have been violated.

4) When in Doubt – Ask. Poll workers are there to help you. They’ll show you how to work the machines and give you a provisional ballot if you need one. If you’re at the wrong polling place, they should tell you how to get to the right one.

5) In and Out. You probably won’t have to wait too long. But even if the line is long, don’t leave without voting. The outcome of this election will be important

AND
Know What to Do if You Experience Election Day Problems

• Call toll free --- 1-866-Our-Vote --- to report problems and to receive advice on what to do. This hotline is being operated by the Election Protection Coalition, which is composed of many organizations including the League of Women Voters.

• Spanish speakers can call 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota, the hotline of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

• Join FCNL’s Build Democracy Vote Campaign:
http://www.fcnl.org/elections_2004.htm

ContactCongress and the Administration:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/dbq/officials
Download Vote 2004 posters and brochures:
http://www.fcnl.org/elections/materials.htm

Order FCNL publications and "War is Not the Answer" campaign bumper stickers and yard signs:
http://www.fcnl.org/newinfo/special_pub.htm
http://www.fcnl.org/iraq-war.htm

Subscribe or update your information to this list:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/mlm

Subscribe to other FCNL legislative, policy, and action alert lists:
http://www.fcnl.org/listserv/quaker_issues.php

Friends Committee on National Legislation
245 Second St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795
fcnl@fcnl.org * http://www.fcnl.org/
Phone: (202)547-6000 * Toll-free: (800)630-1330

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored.

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