On election day, November 4, 2008, approximately 150 students from CUNY Law, representing more than one-third of the student body, fanned out across New York City to prevent voter intimidation and also participated in exit polling to learn about incidents suffered by voters. The effort was preceded by trainings in Federal and New York State voter rights law and poll monitoring conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC). A coalition of student groups spearheaded the initiative, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), CUNY Law Democrats, the CUNY Law chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), the CUNY Law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), Muslim Law Students Association, Organization of Women Law Students, Third World Orientation, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and CUNY Law Student Government. The students' presence was designed to prevent unlawful voter intimidation and vote suppression such as demanding proof of citizenship, turning people away without photo I.D. when it is not required, hindering access to language interpreters, and making racist remarks to intimidate voters of color.