Herald Post, ProPublica partner to investigate voting problems

Monday marks the last day to register to vote, as well as 30 days away from Election Day.  2020 is a decisive year, not only for the presidential elections, but local races as well. 

This year the races in El Paso include mayor, along with municipal court appeal judge, county commissioner for precinct 3, and city council representative for districts 2, 3, 4, and 7. 

With Governor Greg Abbott recent announcement that the state would reduce the ballot drop off locations, effectively limiting the options for those who have chosen to vote by mail, the prospects for voting difficulties is real.

That’s why we have partnered with ProPublica’s initiative Electionland to report any issues you can encounter while casting your vote or during this process.

Electionland launched a tip line for eligible voters (U.S. citizens at least 18 years old on Election Day) to report obstacles they have found while attempting to cast their vote on this election cycle. 

The tipline is available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese, and here’s how to sign up and get in touch:

  • SMS: Text the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish), or 投票 (for Chinese) to 81380 (standard text message rates apply). 
  • WhatsApp: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish), or 投票 (for Chinese) to 1-850-909-8683. 
  • Facebook Messenger: Go to m.me/electionland
  • Complete this form to share your election experience.

The El Paso Herald Post would then receive these tips from readers to report voting experiences and issues in El Paso area as soon as possible.

These problems can include but are not limited to mail ballot delivery problems, changed voting locations, long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, voting misinformation, broken machines, and voter intimidation.

If you want to learn more about the voting process, visit this website for more information.