ACLU of Idaho launches voter hotline
BOISE – The ACLU of Idaho is operating a voter hotline and website for Idaho voters to submit complaints if they are experiencing problems or barriers to voting during the May 2020 Idaho Primary Election.
Through June 3, 2020, Idaho voters can submit complaints online or by phone (link and toll-free hotline number below). Voters will receive a response with help or information within 48 hours of their complaint. The ACLU of Idaho will track the complaints and address any emerging issues directly with the Secretary of State’s office or individual counties as needed. The ACLU of Idaho encourages voters to submit their complaint online if they can, but welcome calls to the hotline via phone as well.
“With the seismic shift to Idaho elections, it’s necessary for the 2020 elections to proceed safely during the pandemic without diminishing our fundamental right to vote.” said Ruby Mendez- Mota, ACLU of Idaho Campaign Strategist. “As we are going through this public health crisis, the ability to have a say in our government is as critical as ever, which is why it’s essential for voters to have all the tools and information necessary to be able to cast their vote.”
The 2020 Idaho Primary Election is being held entirely by mail, via absentee ballot, prompting changes to processes and deadlines for voter registration and absentee voting, statewide.
“The May primary will be the most extraordinary election in Idaho’s history,” said Ritchie Eppink, the ACLU of Idaho’s Legal Director. “With the pandemic ongoing, voters casting their ballots by mail shouldn’t face unnecessary requirements, and we will be watching closely to prevent practices that discourage voters or add needless barriers to casting a ballot in this unprecedented election.”
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