PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE
In 2011, we began planning the first nonpartisan, community-led Election Protection Project in the Central Valley. Our successful 2012 pilot linked grassroots experts with attorney volunteers and has become a model for organizations to utilize as they implement efforts to protect the fundamental right to vote. At every step of the way, our firm has been conscious of the unique dynamics that community residents encounter and has found ways of elevating the challenges and opportunities in the Central Valley. In 2014, Aida Macedo provided testimony at the California voting rights hearing sponsored by the National Commission on Voting Rights, Protecting Equal Access in a Diverse Democracy: Voting Rights in the Golden State. Our team has also shared best practices with national organizations who have now implemented successful nonpartisan election protection projects throughout the 8-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.
During elections, our team has expertly trained volunteers available during the early voting period to answer questions. We also have attorney volunteers and community residents deployed over the course of Election Day. From 7 a.m. when the polls opened until 8:00 p.m. when they close, we have a continuous presence at polling sites which include rural locations like Orange Cove, Reedley, Sanger, Fowler, Coalinga. We also respond to requests for poll monitors and have volunteer attorneys in Tulare County. Thanks to every volunteer, voters in the San Joaquin Valley were able to exercise their fundamental right to vote!
Election Day Volunteer Opportunity
Cid and Macedo, Inc., is seeking volunteers to serve as mobile poll observers for our Election Day field program.
Digital on-demand training will be provided so volunteers are well-equipped to spot common voting problems. Volunteers will work in pairs to help monitor polling locations.
By volunteering for a minimum of 3.5 hours at a polling site, you can serve a crucial role in preventing and resolving issues that would otherwise bar eligible Americans access to the ballot box.
At Cid and Macedo, we invest heavily in our community and undertake special projects on a pro bono basis. Our Election Protection Project is one of those special projects. Together, we ensure that all eligible Californians are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote.