LatinoJustice Launches Smartphone Voter Protection App for Latino Voters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2016
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You can download the app in Spanish or English on Android here and iOS soon.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched a new smartphone app and voter protection app tied to a broader Cada Voto Cuenta Voter Protection project to help citizens report voting violations while voting in the 2016 elections. You can download the app for Android here and iOS soon.
The app will allow voters to immediately report voting violations they might encounter on Election Day. The voter will open the app and fill out a report that immediately sent to LatinoJustice for legal voting rights review.
More than 200 voter protection volunteers – lawyers, law students, activists and others – will be on the ground on Election Day to monitor polls. The volunteers will have the app to report violations, but the app is also available for free for the broader public.
“Our growing community is particularly vulnerable to efforts to depress our vote and this project is our response,” said LatinoJustice President and General Counsel, Juan Cartagena. “We must ensure that this important election reflects the wishes of our community and that every eligible voter has the chance to exercise his or her preference. Voting barriers must be attacked on many levels and this project marries on-the-ground volunteers, legal experts and technology to make sure those barriers are taken down.”
Cada Voto Cuenta is LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s national bi-lingual voter protection program with bilingual technology, materials, training modules, volunteers and a coordinated effort linked to the National Election Protection Coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a partner with LatinoJustice in our voter protection efforts. Each of the volunteers have been through voter protection training, focused on state and federal voting rights laws and typical voting violations LatinoJustice has fought against for over 40 years.
The Cada Voto Cuenta Voter Protection Project will be in as many voting precincts as possible, but will be specifically targeting polling locations where new Spanish-speaking Latina/o voters will be exercising the franchise for the first time in a major presidential general election.
“This is the first presidential election since Shelby County v. Holder removed key parts of the Voting Rights Act that previously prevented discrimination from occurring in the first place, in many states. Now, without those key protections, the risk of discrimination and intimidation at the polls is too high,” said LatinoJustice Associate Counsel Joanna Cuevas Ingram. “All citizens should be engaged in working to protect the right to vote against unlawful and unconstitutional discrimination and intimidation, with a tool that is simple and easy to use, and that can help identify, track and stop these harms before they actually disenfranchise voters. We need to ensure that every eligible Latina/o voter has the right and the opportunity to vote, and with this App in a user’s hand, it can help us do just that.”
The App, which is available in English and Spanish, allows the user to report the problem to a national team with over 200 trained lawyers and knowledgeable volunteers as soon as a voting violation is reported, and enables LatinoJustice to determine how to respond to prevent voter disenfranchisement or to seek a remedy for that harm.
The Cada Voto Cuenta Voter Protection App will capture voting access violations, language accessibility, the lack of bilingual assistance, missing ballots, concerns regarding discrimination, intimidation and other barriers to voting.
The state-of-the-art Voter Protection App was developed with the assistance of Baker Hostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms and Quadrant 2, Inc., a technology application developer which has developed similar applications in other social justice projects.