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1.23.2008

poll monitoring volunteers needed

This is for folks in the Bay Area... I recently heard from Christen Lee, Vice President of Political Affairs at the Korean American Coalition of San Francisco (KACSF), an all-volunteer organization committed to incrasing civic and political participation among the Bay Area Korean American Community.

On Febrary 5 (Election Day), KACSF will conduct a poll-monitoring project in Santa Clara County. The purpose of the project is to monitor and ensure polling stations' complicance with the Voting Rights Act. And they need some of you, good readers, to volunteer as poll monitors. Here's the info:
Are you interested in the electoral process and want to learn more about it? Do you want to help ensure accessibility for voters from API communities? Volunteer to be a poll monitor in Santa Clara County during the California primary on February 5th!

The 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act guarantee that no person shall be denied the right to vote on account of race or color. The Voting Rights Act also guarantees protections to language minority groups, people with physical disabilities, and those unable to read or write. Poll monitors observe polling stations and interview workers to help ensure that polling stations follow the law. As a poll monitor, you will have the opportunity to serve your community and advocate for the rights of all voters.

Poll monitors will serve in teams of two for two-hour shifts. Orientation and training will be provided. All people with an interest in volunteering, democracy, or civil rights are welcome!

Sponsored by the Korean American Coalition of San Francisco in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

For more information, please contact Christen Lee. christenlee at gmail dot com
Sounds like a really important project, and a great way to get involved with the process, as well as doing your part to ensure that nothing shady happens at these polling stations, during a very important election.