Amid widespread national reports of voter suppression heading into the 2020 general election, DemocracyNYC launched the first ever NYC Election Observers Corps, a 500 plus volunteer effort, to ensure New York City voters were free to cast their ballots without fear of harassment or intimidation on Election Day. These volunteers monitored Election Day poll sites for instances of voter intimidation and directed voters to helpful non-partisan resources in the five Voting Rights Act languages. Through this effort, DemocracyNYC was able to receive real time reports of long lines and other issues at over 250 poll sites across the five boroughs and review and escalate issues when appropriate. This work was made possible through our volunteers, who work to ensure all voters have access to the ballot box. Check out DemocracyNYC's volunteer opportunities.