I have cut and pasted the most relevant parts of a notice I received about what to do if you observe, or experience, suspicious activity at the polls–activity that appears aimed at keeping people from voting or intimidating them. The hotline numbers are for Texas. I advise those in other states to look online for similar resources.

In case anyone is thinking they would rather not let certain demographic groups vote, just remember, if we tolerate such tactics as late poll opening or intimidation toward one group, we set a precedent. This would allow, or at least encourage, people to do the same to any demographic group. Sometime, someplace, that targeted group could be yours. The only way to be sure you and your descendants can vote is to make sure every eligible voter who wants to vote gets to vote.

Every eligible voter deserves to exercise their right to vote fairly. Together, Texans can work to protect, advance, and defend the right to vote.

Voters like you are the eyes and ears we need at polling locations to report incidents and ensure that every eligible Texan can vote.

During the 2018 Texas midterm election, incidents reported to the Election Protection Coalition affected over 250,000 Texas voters. These issues ranged from late poll openings to voter intimidation.

The Election Protection hotlines staffed by volunteer attorneys are:

  • 866-OUR-VOTE – English  or 866-687-8683

  • 888-Ve-Y-Vota – Spanish and English or 888-839-8682

  • 888-API-VOTE – Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali also known as Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Tagalog and English or 888-274-8683

  • 844-Yalla-US – Arabic and English or 844-925-5287

  • 301-818-8683 – Video ASL or 301-818-8683

  • 888-796-8683 – Disability Rights Texas 888-796-8683