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United States Senate Seat Run-Off

I Voted Sticker On December 10, there will be a run-off for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. This Senate race is of monumental importance to the balance of federal government power in Washington D.C. Just like for the November 8 Election, LDF’s Prepared to Vote lawyers and volunteers will be in Louisiana answering questions and ensuring every person is able to cast a ballot.

If you wish to report voting irregularities or to seek advice on December 10, Election Run-Off Day, please contact LDF at Additionally, you can always call the United States Department of Justice, Voting Section by phone, 800-253-3931 or email,

LDF lawyers and volunteers will be on-the-ground in six states: 
Texas | Georgia | Alabama | South Carolina | Missouri |Louisiana

This Election Day will be one of the most challenging America has faced in decades. On November 8, 2016, communities of color throughout our country will seek to vote and participate equally and meaningfully in the political process without the core protections of the Voting Rights Act for the first time in fifty years. Through our Prepared to Vote campaign, LDF provides non-partisan election preparedness information leading up to and on Election Day to various partners in target states.  LDF also works on the ground on Election Day to ensure every person is able to cast a ballot. This election, LDF is increasing the number of lawyers and volunteers we will deploy, as well as the number of states and localities we will monitor. 

Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, states and localities have unleashed a number of schemes that seek to deny or abridge the rights of voters of color. Accordingly, Prepared to Vote equips voters with information about how to  comply with election laws that are being or have been challenged in court by LDF because of their harm to communities of color, including confusing and onerous photo ID laws (in Texas,  Alabama, and South Carolina).  LDF authored the compilation and review of these voting changes in our report Democracy Diminished, which has been cited in the New York Times and other major media outlets as the definitive source for this important information.

On Election Day, nearly the entire LDF office will be in the field working on voter protection. If you wish to speak with an LDF attorney to report voting irregularities or to seek advice on Election Day, please contact LDF’s Deputy Director of Litigation, Coty Montag. She can be reached at and or by phone at 202-216-5573. And of course you can always call the national civil rights hotline for Election Day issues at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or the United States Department of Justice, Voting Section by phone, 800-253-3931 and email,

Listen to our Prepared to Vote PSAs, including one featuring Soledad O'Brien:
Are You Prepared to Vote? 30 second spot with Soledad O'Brien
Are You Prepared to Vote? 30 second spot 
Are You Prepared to Vote? 60 second spot 

Learn more about LDF’s Prepared to Vote efforts in past elections here.

Read more about why #BlackVotesMatter here.

LDF’s Six Target States:

Important Contact Information
Alabama Elections Division:
Alabama Attorney General’s Office:
To find the contact information for local county elections officials, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.