Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today an Election Day hotline to help voters, including minority-language voters and people with disabilities, at the polls Tuesday for the primary elections.
The Voting Rights Act requires bilingual ballots, bilingual election-related materials and language assistance at the polls. The hotline is to help the voting process run smoothly, Schneiderman said.
“My office is committed to full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and other federal and state laws that require equal access to the ballot box. Our Election Day hotline will help ensure that all eligible voters across our state are able to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to vote on Election Day,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
During last year’s elections, the Attorney General’s office had hundreds of complaints from New York voters. This year, attorneys with the Office’s Civil Rights Bureau will work with election officials to respond and address problems as they arise, Schneiderman said.
New voting requirements were put in place this year in Schenectady and in Sullivan, Ulster, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam, and Chautauqua counties for them to be in compliance with the VRA, Schneiderman said.
To report an issue at a poll, voters may call OAG’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights.@ag.ny.gov between 6am and 9pm on Election Day.