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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

Contact: Patricia Guadalupe (202) 546-2536
Cell: (202) 509-6315
pguadalupe@naleo.org


NALEO Educational Fund Announces Expanded Voter Assistance

Bilingual Lawyers On-Hand to Assist Voters

Latinos are poised to play a critical role in this year’s midterm election, and the NALEO Educational Fund is ready to ensure that all eligible Latino voters have the information and support needed to cast their ballots and have their voices heard.

The national bilingual voter information and protection hotline 888-VE-Y-VOTA (839-8682) has already assisted more than 4,800 registered voters this election cycle, and will have extended hours of operation in the final days before the election.

Operators will be available from 7am EDT on Monday until 2am on Tuesday, and again from 5:30am EDT on Tuesday until 3am on Wednesday, when polls have closed in all 50 states. Operators are trained to assist callers with any voting-related questions or concerns, for any state – from polling-place look-up and referrals to non-partisan ballot guides, to documentation and resolution of election administration irregularities. On Monday, November 1 and on Election Day, bilingual attorneys will be available via the hotline to assist voters with any challenges they encounter in the election process.

In its seventh year of operation, the 888-VE-Y-VOTA hotline has assisted more than 70,000 people since its launch, and now serves as the official hotline of the historic ya es hora campaign. It is widely promoted by Spanish-language media partners, through print, radio, television and online. The hotline also serves as the official Spanish-language hotline of the Election Protection Coalition, and fields all Spanish-language calls to the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline.

 


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About NALEO Educational Fund
The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.