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Please join us in protecting the right to vote right here in California.
You can do this by volunteering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) this November to protect voters across California. Berkeley Law’s Pro Bono Program and Election Law @ Berkeley will be co-hosting a training here at the law school on October 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 100. Jonathan Stein is the Staff Attorney and Program Manager of the Voting Rights program at ALC and is a Berkeley Law alum, Class of 2013.
The volunteer work students would engage in through this project is considered pro bono work for the purpose of the Pro Bono Pledge. To sign up to engage in voter protection pro bono poll monitoring work please complete and submit this form which is managed by ALC. Please also RSVP and plan to attend the necessary training to engage in the work at Berkeley Law on October 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in Room 100. Brunch will be provided to those who RSVP.
In 2016, ALC sent almost 600 volunteers to ~1300 polling places across California, monitoring for voter harassment and disenfranchisement, access for voters with disabilities, and language access for limited-English speaking voters. ALC volunteers encountered and fixed hundreds of issues that would have imperiled access to the ballot.
from 2016 (e.g. 25% of translated ballots required by state law were missing on Election Day) led to the passage of the strongest state-level language access law in the nation, AB 918, in 2017.
This November, ALC will be monitoring at the polls for all the same things it monitored for in 2016, plus monitoring for proper implementation of AB 918. To be successful, ALC needs your help!
You need no experience! Volunteers are fully trained and equipped with a variety of resources. Organized in teams of two, volunteers will visit five polling places over the course of approximately four hours on the day of the election. Volunteers will fill out a checklist for each polling place visited and report problems through established procedures. Travel time can be substantial (and is not included in the 4 hour commitment) — the need is greatest in the Central Valley. ALC works with volunteers to make sure their polling place assignments and related travel will work for them.
Again, if you are interested, please fill out the this form to volunteer at the polls as soon as you can and attend the training at Berkeley Law on October 5th from 10:30 am to 12 pm in Room 100. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.
We hope you will join as at the training and help provide voter protection for the election this November.
Note: Each professor has her or his own policy regarding class attendance. As always, pro bono work is not an exception to a Professor’s existing attendance policy. Students with class on election day should speak to their professors if engaging in this work would result in missing class.