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NY Attorney General launches election protection hotline

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Ahead of the November 7 general election Attorney General Letitia James has introduced the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Election Protection Hotline. The service will be operational during the early voting period, from October 28 to November 5, and aims to assist voters facing challenges such as absentee ballot requests or in-person voting issues. Furthermore, an FAQ guide is available to aid with voter registration and absentee voting.

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Attorney General James emphasized the importance of free and impartial elections, stating, “Our election protection hotline is here to help voters address challenges and provide helpful guidance, whether they’re voting absentee, during early voting, or on Election Day.” She highlighted New Yorkers’ legal protections against voter deception, intimidation, and obstruction. For those encountering voting problems, the OAG hotline at (866) 390-2992 is available. It operates from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM during early voting, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Election Day, and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on November 8. Complaints can also be filed online, and both channels will be managed by OAG staff and attorneys.

The OAG has facilitated the Election Protection Hotline since 2012, processing numerous voter complaints in past elections and collaborating with local election authorities to resolve them. The OAG has even taken legal steps to guarantee early voting access and guard against voter registration purges. Every registered voter has the right to an accessible election experience, with polls open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Election Day. The hotline initiative is being led by the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Bureau, an integral part of the Division for Social Justice within the OAG.