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Lawyer volunteers dedicate growing hours to election safety efforts

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More than 150 legislation companies and about 23,000 volunteers are collaborating this 12 months in an election safety program run by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The variety of volunteers is about 5 occasions the quantity in 2016, the American Lawyer experiences. Volunteers will reply questions on polling locations, mail-in ballots and different election points.

The program has hotlines to reply voter questions; the English language model is 866-OUR-VOTE.

Some massive legislation companies anticipate that their volunteer work for this system will probably be increased this 12 months, agency companions advised the American Lawyer.

Bill Silverman, a professional bono companion for Proskauer Rose, advised the American Lawyer that the legislation agency has greater than 400 volunteers for this system this 12 months, in comparison with a bit of greater than 100 in 2016.

At Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, volunteers had labored 1,500 hours to help voters via this system as of 1 week earlier than the election. In 2016, legislation agency volunteers labored a complete of 870 hours.

Harlene Katzman, professional bono counsel and director at Simpson Thacher, advised the American Lawyer that the election safety program is getting an “unprecedented” variety of calls.

“In September, the election protection folks told us they were getting about 1,000 calls a day, and by the beginning of October, it was 3,000. And last week, they’d averaged about 5,000 calls a day,” Katzman mentioned.

The National Bar Association can also be serving to voters with the assistance of an estimated 7,000 volunteer attorneys, the Daily Report experiences. The group is working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as well as different teams and traditionally Black sororities and fraternities.

National Bar Association members are looking for to right ballots that have been wrongly given a time stamp for Nov. three and a time that’s three hours previous the deadline for mail-in ballots, C.Okay. Hoffler, president of the National Bar Association, advised the Daily Report. The ballots have been filed in October. The National Bar Association can also be making an attempt to treatment ballots with out postage that have been deposited in a Philadelphia mailbox disguised as a poll drop container.

“Every day there is literally another case,” Hoffler advised the Daily Report.

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo, in the meantime, inspired attorneys, legislation college students and authorized professionals to work as poll workers within the election.

“Poll workers are integral to ensuring a free and fair election, and lawyers are especially suited to assist,” she wrote in the ABA Journal.

See additionally:

ABAJournal.com: “At least 18 former ABA presidents sign call to safeguard election process”

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