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Election Protection

No matter our race, background or zip code most of us believe that for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. To move forward together as a nation, we must ensure that every American has the freedom to vote. 

That’s why we’re proud to be partnering with national, state, and local organizations to once again organize an Ohio Election Protection program. The goal of our non-partisan election protection program is to ensure Ohio voters have the information they need in order to cast their ballot. We work to minimize barriers to the ballot box, particularly for under-represented communities. By creating a simple and satisfying voting experience, we can empower voters and create a more representative democracy.

The Election Protection Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE, is the nation’s largest non-partisan hotline to ask voting questions and report voting problems. Election Protection volunteers promote awareness of the 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and assist voters with voting questions or problems.

Together, we can ensure all Ohioans have the freedom to vote and the results of our elections reflect the will of the people. We offer many flexible volunteer opportunities for you to join us in saving democracy from home or in person. Sign up today!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Ambassadors – Ambassadors are needed now through Election Day to help spread the word about the Election Protection Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE to their friends, neighbors and community members. Ambassadors distribute posters, palm cards, or yard signs featuring the Election Protection Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE to places such as barbershops, bookstores, churches, coffee shops and food pantries. Ambassadors can also be trained on how to answer frequently asked voting questions such as updating voter registration, requesting and tracking absentee ballots, and referring voting problems to the Election Protection Hotline. Click here to learn more or to  sign up to be an Ambassador.

  2. Poll Monitors- Poll Monitors are needed to assist voters outside the polls during Early Voting and on Election Day.  Poll Monitors stand outside of early vote centers and polling places to answer voter questions, distribute fliers with voter education, and report problems to the Election Protection Hotline. We will prioritize covering polling locations, which have historically had the most problems in select counties. Training will be provided. Sign up to be a Poll Monitor  in Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, or Youngstown.

  3. Social Media Monitors – Social Media Monitors are needed now through Election Day to ensure accurate voting information on social media. Disinformation and misinformation can spread like wildfire and are real threats to this election. Because the flow of information is constant and the content is not viewable by all, we will need assistance calling out these campaigns. Volunteers will receive training on how to monitor their social media feeds for disinformation and misinformation so that we can source it, report it and remove it if needed. Social Media Monitors will also be provided a toolkit for promoting positive messages about voting and to extend the reach of critical voter education. Click here to learn more or sign up to be a Social Media Monitor.

  4. Command Center Volunteers (Legal Experience Preferred) – Volunteers are needed to monitor the Election Protection Hotline to ensure that election problems are resolved by boards of election officials. Command Center Volunteers will receive training on how to use Our Vote Live, the database of election related questions and problems reported through the Election Protection Hotline. Volunteers can monitor the Hotline virtually from the comfort of their home or office. Click here to learn more or sign up to be a Command Center Volunteer.

  5. Text Banking Volunteers –  Join us in mobilizing thousands of Ohio Voters to Get Out the Vote! Help voters get answers to basic questions they may have about how, when and where they can vote.  We are activating our friends, family and neighbors to vote with our rights in mind. Sign up here to be a text banking volunteer.

  6. Peacekeepers – Peacekeepers are needed to help manage and deescalate any situations that may arise at polling locations during the November Election. Typically, volunteers are recruited from the Faith community or other backgrounds who are extensively trained in nonviolent protest. Peacekeepers will monitor early in-person voting locations during the final weekend of early voting, and will be on-call to be deployed on Election Day. Sign up here for Peacekeeper training information.

Voter Education Materials

Are you or your organization planning to do voter education and outreach this fall? Free non-partisan voter education materials are available for you to order. We want to share these resources widely.  Election Protection materials are here for pick up in Columbus, or available for shipping or delivery.

Coalition Partners

2022 EP partners