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Thousands of Calls Pouring In to Voter Help Hotline

Hotline had gotten about 10K calls as of Election Day morning
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2018 3:57 PM CST
A polling site official shows a voter how to manually file a ballot after the electronic scanner malfunctioned Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in the Parkchester community of the Bronx borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Amid widespread reports of problems at polling places, the Election Protection headquarters of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law tell ABC News that as of 11:30am Eastern time Tuesday, their voter help hotline had received about 10,000 calls in recent weeks. The organization has 20 call centers, which can be reached by calling 866-OUR-VOTE or texting "Our Vote" to 97779, and thousands of lawyers answering phones. "We've had twice as many calls so far than we had in 2014," says a call center manager. Issues have ranged from malfunctioning voting machines to voter registration problems to ID requirement questions to suspicious mailers. (Google's top Election Day search term isn't in English.)

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