Dolores Huerta Foundation to educate voters of their rights, put voter protection measures in place

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 15:06:55-05
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is partnering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen.
The plan is to educate voters of their rights and inform elections officials that on election day there will be twenty-one volunteers, trained in poll monitoring, to assist voters and ensure the integrity of the elections process.
Trained poll monitors will make sure voters and poll workers know all measures are in place to protect a voters right to cast their vote.
This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Federal law (Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act) requires that translated materials and bilingual poll workers are available. Voters who are unable to read/write have a right to bring up to 2 helpers of choice. This includes anyone except someone from voter's employer or union. Sometimes poll workers may have difficulty understanding a Limited English Proficient voters' names or finding their names in the roster. Voters are allowed to search for their name in the roster, or they can write their name down on a piece of paper.
  • In California, there is no voter ID requirement under state law.  However, there is a limited voter ID requirement under major federal election reform law, Help America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA requires voters who have registered by mail and who are voting for the first time in a federal election to show ID, but only if the state was unable to verify the voter's identity prior to Election Day. In California, voters who have to show ID under HAVA can show a wide variety of IDs with the voter's name and photo (e.g. driver's license, employee ID card, credit/debit card, student ID card) or one of several documents with the voter's name and address on it (utility bill, bank statement, or many documents issued by a governmental agency).
  • If the voter's name not in roster (because the voter is at the wrong polling place, or because there was a snafu at the county elections office), a vote-by-mail voter wishes to vote in person but doesn't have their vote-by-mail ballot, a voter is required to show ID but doesn't have ID, the voter may cast a provisional ballot.
On Election Day, trained poll monitors will be in place to identify and report any irregularities or problems that may threaten a persons right to vote or the integrity of the process.
Trained poll monitors will make every effort to ensure that all eligible voters can successfully cast their ballots.