Students at William & Mary Law School are set to run the W&M VOTEline on Tuesday, May 4, a voter assistance hotline aimed at responding to difficulties local citizens face at the polls. This non-partisan voter assistance hotline will be operated by student members of the school's Election Law Society (ELS) and other volunteers.
"Voting is an important civic duty," Election Law Society President Ashleigh Casey '12 said. "We want to ensure that all voters - young and old - who are properly registered to vote can do so. We will be manning the VOTEline phones this Tuesday to answer any questions that might arise as voters arrive at a polling place to cast their votes."
VOTEline is a response to concerns voiced by William & Mary students who faced confusion at local elections booths in the past. The Election Law Society has operated VOTEline since November 2007. Any citizen who wants to vote in the local election may call the hotline at (757) 221-2890 from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. to seek information regarding their rights at the polls.
"I encourage William & Mary students and members of the Williamsburg community at large to call the VOTEline with any questions or concerns they may have at the polls on Election Day," Casey said.
Students also are advised to bring a government issued form of identification to the polls on Election Day. Valid forms of identification include a voter identification card, a valid driver's license, and a W&M ID card for certain voters.
For more information about VOTEline, call Brian Cannon '11, at (804)240-9933.