Gearing Up for Voter Protection in Ohio

It's 84 days to the general election in Ohio, and the essential groundwork for ensuring a free and fair election process is underway. As Nick noted on BSB yesterday, the Ohio Democratic Party is recruiting Democrats to work at the polls on election day, an absolutely critical role in safeguarding the election. Here is the announcement, with an online link to sign up:

The November 4, 2008 Presidential Election will be historic. We are anticipating record turnout and are committed to ensuring that every vote is counted. Fair elections depend on qualified poll workers who help to safeguard the integrity of the election process.

We need committed individuals as poll workers to make sure that this election runs as smoothly as possible. In order to serve as a poll worker for your County Board of Elections in Ohio you must meet the following requirements:

* Be registered to vote in the county where you plan to serve as a poll worker;
* Be at least 17 years old and enrolled in your senior year of High School, or be at least 18 years old;
* Not have been convicted of a felony (unless the conviction has been reversed, expunged or pardoned).

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* Not be a candidate for the election in which you are working; and,
* Attend a paid-for training session with your County Board of Elections.

Serving as a poll worker for your County Board of Elections is for you if you are:

* Energetic;
* An efficient problem solver;
* Have basic computer proficiency;
* Willing to work from 5:30 a.m. to (at least) 8:30 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 4, 2008);
* Believe that every registered voter has the right to vote and have that vote counted;
*Interested in being paid for doing good!

Please Click On This Link to get involved as a Poll Worker with your County's Board of Elections!

On a related note, if you are a lawyer or a law student, there is a critical need for your services as an election protection worker in the Obama campaign's Voter Protection Program. Here is some information Obama campaign and a link to sign up:

Real change only happens when new people enter the political process and make their voices heard.

That's why this campaign is launching an unprecedented Voter Protection Program that will fight to promote and defend the voting rights of every American.

Attorneys, law students, and those with legal expertise will be essential in making sure every eligible citizen who wants to vote can vote -- and that their vote is counted.

Find out how you can lend your skills to make sure every voice is heard in this election:

http://my.barackobama.com/counselforchange

In 2004, those with legal expertise -- people like you -- were critical to the voter protection effort.

Lawyers and legal professionals made sure that registered voters made it on the rolls and were able to vote. They made sure that ballots were available and polls stayed open. And they helped reassure voters that they would not be intimidated.

Despite our stepped-up efforts, problems persisted -- including deceptive flyers, unnecessary lines, inadequate ballot supplies, and problems with voting machines.

In a year that will likely see unprecedented turnout, we can't afford to let our guard down. The stakes could not be higher. This election has to be different.

That's why the Obama Voter Protection Program has already launched, earlier than ever before, and will be the most comprehensive voter protection program in our nation's history, with counsel in 50 states and a vote protection team on the ground now.

But it won't work without you. Put your legal skills into action and become a vital part of this historic effort. Bringing about the change America needs will require all of us doing our part. Your professional expertise makes you indispensable to this effort.

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I think its important to engage more than just attorneys and "law students" in voter protection work. I am a psychologist that worked for Kerry/Edwards in Oregon in 2004 and watched the election stolen from thousands of miles away. I would do most anything to make a difference this time so that the vote is actually counted.

There are many highly educated and skilled individuals that can contribute to this process. It is short sighted to believe that you can get all the volunteers needed to make a difference on and after election day among this limited group.

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