9Wants to Know will help you at the polls on Tuesday by checking out voter intimidation, voter access problems and putting voters in touch with legal experts if something doesn’t go smoothly on Election Day.
By using the #verifyvotes, voters can reach out of they see trouble at the polls or experience an issue themselves. Voters can also follow any issues others are seeing at polling places throughout the metro-area.
9Wants to Know producers and reporters will be following the hashtag while keeping in close contact with other organizations monitoring the polls this election.
John Krieger with the ACLU says his organization doesn’t expect to see many problems at the Colorado polling stations thanks to a surge in early voting. The Secretary of State’s office announced nearly 1.85 million Coloradans -- or 55 percent of the state’s registered voters -- have had their votes counted in mail-in voting as of Monday morning.
He does warn voters that if you plan to vote in person, be sure you know the correct address of your polling center. Krieger says voter centers started with the all mail-in ballots, and may have replaced a location voters have gone to for years prior.
Besides keeping up with voting problems on the 9NEWS #verifyvotes, voters have other options to answer voting questions on Election Day.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was organized to help defend the right to vote.
They are staffing a national hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE to answer specific questions or help with voting problems on Election Day. Representatives from Colorado Common Cause and the League of Women Voters will help answer questions specific to Colorado voters. Colorado voters can go to their website at http://justvotecolorado.org/ for specifics on voting here. There is also a site in Spanish http://justvotecolorado.org/?s=espanol.
The organization Let My People Vote will help African American voters in Colorado. Co-founder Dawn Riley Duvall says her organization mainly does get-out-the-vote work but they are in communication with the ACLU about specific problems. Historically, volunteers with Let My People Vote have also helped individual voters with transportation to the polls.
If you are looking for more information about where to vote, or how to register to vote on Election Day there are numerous websites to help.
Here’s a list:
Colorado Secretary of State’s Office:
*Check on your voter registration
*Question and answers about Election Day in Colorado
*Find a polling place
League of Women Voters:
*Registration information and link to find polling place
Just Vote Colorado (volunteer interpreters for Spanish, Asian and Arabic voters)
Election Day Problems?
Call one of these hotlines:
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
To look up information on ballot issues and judges: