11/02/2020 By Carol Rangel
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rolins will launch a hotline to prevent voter intimidation on Nov. 3. Voters can call from 6:30 am to 9 pm if their right to vote is challenged, and if they believe a crime has been committed.
Callers will find trained Civilian Investigators from Rollin’s office on the other side of the line who will inform them about voting rights and election access. The staff is prepared to provide assistance in multiple languages that include Spanish, Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Mandarin, Hindi, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.
According to the DA office’s announcement, voting suppression can take the form of verbal and physical confrontation, the request of unnecessary documents, and other concerning behaviors around polling stations.
“The right to vote without interference is central to the health and future of our democracy. No matter who you are voting for, it’s important that you have the right to vote freely and safely and that your vote is counted. My Office is here to ensure that this right is protected for everyone,” Rollins said.
If a crime is witnessed, the announcement advises calling 911 before the hotline.
The voter protection hotline can be reached at 617-619-HELP (4357). For more information about voting rights access the DA office’s website.