A last suggestion for protecting democracy on Nov. 4, if necessary. This one is an interesting, and as always non-partisan alternative from CREDO Mobile (you do NOT need to be a CREDO Mobile customer) to help ensure that people are not deprived of their right to vote.
If you are ready and willing to take action, sign up for CREDO Mobile’s election protection text network. We’ll send a text message to your mobile phone if there is an election protection emergency in your county.
We know you’re getting a lot of traffic in your e-mail and on your phone in the lead-up to Election Day. Let me be clear about this program — this is not background noise. This is an easy way for you to make a big difference on Election Day if you are needed in your community. Here’s how the program works:
- Here at CREDO headquarters, we hear about an election protection emergency in Alameda County — say college students are being forced to wait in line for hours to vote, or pollworkers are requiring voters to present photo ID even though your state’s laws allow non-photo ID, like utility bills.
- We’re concerned about these reports, but we want to make sure they’re true. So we vet and verify them through the media and our sources on the ground.
- We send you a text message — a quick summary of the problem and an easy way that you can take action and make a difference. “Students waiting for hours at City Hall — bring pizza!” Or maybe, “Pollworkers illegally requiring photo ID — call Board of Elections!”
We’ll give you all the information you need to ensure your time is well used — for example, if we ask you to call your Board of Elections, we’ll text you the number to call. If you need to hurry to a hotspot to protest voter intimidation, we’ll text you the address. Chances are that we may not text you at all, but if we do, it will be because you have a real opportunity to protect voters in your county and in your state.