Voter Action Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hotlines Bustling With CallsNov 4 2008 | Voters Facing Long Lines; Registration Issues Top Concern
Voter hotlines are buzzing today, with most polls being open less than five hours. Data from InfoVoter Technologies show that callers have serious concerns about registration problems and machine failures resulting in long lines at many polling places.
Today, the 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and CNN hotlines have received a total of more than 16,000 calls; close to 3,000 in the last hour.
Voter Action is concerned about several states, including VA, PA, and FL.
“Ensuring that voters have access to the ballot box in a timely manner, and that their votes are counted is our number one goal today,” said John Bonifaz, legal director, Voter Action. “We are really concerned about the number and kinds of calls coming in from key states, like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.”
Virginia is reporting extensive machine malfunction, specifically with voting machine books, causing long lines of people standing in the rain. The Voter Action legal team has contacted the Governor’s office.