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**VIDEO INCLUDED** Local Groups Discuss Election Protection and Accurate Voter Information Ahead of Election Day

**VIDEO INCLUDED** Local Groups Discuss Election Protection and Accurate Voter Information Ahead of Election Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7th, 2022

Contact: Amber Falgout, afalgout@battlebornprogress.org, 775-657-0433


Local Groups Discuss Election Protection and Accurate Voter Information Ahead of Election Day

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RENO, NEVADA – Today, local advocates and organizations gathered to discuss Election Day, the Election Protection Program and what voters can expect in the next week. With mail ballots being a popular option for voters results may take longer to be tabulated. Speakers reassured voters that this is a sign our system is working. The Election Protection program will be in full swing tomorrow for Election Day. Speakers highlighted the importance of ensuring all eligible voters are able to cast their ballot in this election cycle.  

Groups and speakers on the call issued the following statements:

Christine Saunders, Policy Director, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada said:

“Voters should feel confident in our system because we have multiple checks and balances to ensure votes are accurately counted. Vote by mail has become a popular option for Nevadans as it is easy and accessible. Voters who used to go to the polls can now fill out their mail ballot and drop it off or mail it in. All mail ballots must be postmarked by 7:00 PM on November 8th. Voters should also remember that while we are used to getting election results almost instantaneously, that is not the case anymore. We will likely see results coming in throughout this week. That is absolutely normal and we have to remain calm through this process.’ 

Dwight George, Environmental Justice Program Coordinator, Native Voters Alliance Nevada:

“Vote by mail opened up access to voting for tribal members and rural communities who do not have a significant number of polling locations close to their residence. The ease of being mailed a ballot and being able to mail it back is a huge improvement in our system. Voters deserve to have access to polling locations and to make their voices heard. Voting is one of our most important rights. It’s crucial to the success of our democracy. Thankfully we have talented and dedicated election staff in Washoe County who are working tirelessly to ensure all of our votes are counted.”

Jennifer Willett, Nevada Grassroots Manager, All Voting Is Local said:

“Voters still have time to make their voices heard in the 2022 Midterm Election. Tomorrow is Election Day so voters can vote in person or they can drop off their mail ballot. It is crucial that voters exercise their right to vote. Our communities should reflect our values and beliefs. It is on all of us to pay attention and make sure we are voting. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM tomorrow and as long as voters are in line by 7:00 PM they will be allowed to vote. As an election protection volunteer, I will be out in the community making sure voters do not have issues casting their ballot.” 

Lilith Baran, Policy Manager, ACLU Nevada said:

“The Election Protection program is a crucial part of our effort to ensure all Nevada voters are able to safely cast their ballot each election cycle. Volunteers across Nevada monitor lines and flag issues that come up at voting locations. In addition, our Election Protection hotline is available for all Nevada voters who run into issues at polling locations. Voters can call 866-OUR-VOTE for assistance in English and 888-VE-Y-VOTA for assistance in Spanish, 888-API-VOTE for assistance in LANGUAGE, and 844-YALLA-US for assistance in Arabic. We are proud that we have so many languages available to accommodate the diverse set of voters in Nevada. In the days following the election, we ask that voters remain calm and patient as our amazing election workers do their jobs. This process can take some time but that is okay. We want an accurate tabulation and we know the Washoe County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring the results are accurate.”

Riley Sutton, Executive Director, New Day Nevada said:

Tomorrow is the final chance for voters to make their voices heard. Folks can vote as long as they are in line by 7:00PM. Whether someone is voting because they are concerned about healthcare access or housing affordability it is important that they cast their ballot this election cycle. We have a number of pressing issues facing our city and country. One of the most powerful tools our community members have is the right to vote. We must ensure that we are protecting that right. Voters should also keep in mind that we will likely not have the final election results tomorrow night. That is okay and it is normal. We have to remain calm and make sure all votes are counted.”

Notes: Spokespeople in Spanish or English are available for individual interviews.