While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing minority group in the US, AAPIs lag behind other communities when it comes to voter registration rates. As a result, AAPIs are increasingly left out of the discussions when elected officials make policy decisions on issues important to us and our communities.
Make Sure You, Your Family, and Friends Are Registered to Vote
Did you move or change your name? Do you need to register to vote? Have you checked if your registration is up-to-date for this election? Do you know someone who will be 18 on Election Day or became a citizen and is not registered?
Sign-up as a poll monitor and exit poll assistor with AALDEF as they protect the rights of APA and limited English proficient voters at polling locations across the country. You can get CLE credit for your pro bono work: http://aaldef.net/
Volunteer with the National AAPI Voter Protection Hotline national voter protection hotline led by APIAVote here.
Join NAPABA and its partners to elevate the voices of the Asian Pacific American community and protect voting rights. Be a part of the 2016 National Asian American and Pacific Islanders Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas and learn how you and your affiliate can host voter protection trainings and monitor elections.
1) 2016 Presidential Town Hall | Aug. 12 | Las Vegas
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and the Asian American Journalists Association are co-hosting the 2016 Presidential Town Hall, which NAPABA is joining as a National Partner.
Since 2008, the Town Hall has served as a non-partisan forum for Asian Pacific Americans to discuss issues relevant to our communities and ensure that our concerns are addressed and by campaigns and the media. By giving presidential candidates a forum to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the Town Hall has become one of the few spaces that allows candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs.
Reserve your seat, book a room, and learn more HERE.
2) NAPABA Voter Protection Training (CLE) | Aug. 13 | Las Vegas
As part of the 2016 Presidential Town Hall community programming, NAPABA will be offering a CLE about non-partisan voter protection and poll monitoring. Participants will learn from experts from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA about how to monitor elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, including ensuring language access, and how to prepare other attorneys to engage in voter protection work. The CLE is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 | 2-5 p.m. PDT
Registration information coming soon.
3) Host a Voter Protection Training
Teach your members how to protect the rights of voters, including individuals who are limited English proficient, on election day. NAPABA affiliates interested in hosting voter protection trainings in their communities may apply for Affiliate Grant programs to help cover costs associated with the trainings. Partner with advocacy organizations such as AALDEF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates (AAJC, ALC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles) to help provide technical assistance to voters.
Apply for an Affiliate Grant and learn about partner organizations HERE.
Join the MinKwon Center for some Exciting GOTV & Voter Protection Activities!
With less than 3 weeks left until the General Elections on Tuesday, November 6th, we are gearing up for our final push to get out the vote! Come join us in door knocking or phone banking at any of the following times and locations through to the day of the Elections. A few hours of your time and enthusiasm can make a tremendous difference for our communities: For the first time ever, we are voting for our state and federal offices in newly drawn districts. Now more than ever, it is critical that we have a large presence at the elections.
Are you interested in being a Voter Protection Volunteer for the presidential re-election campaign in Pennsylvania? Even though the Voter ID law has been enjoined, the need for a robust voter protection effort is now more important than ever. There will be confusion at the polls and the law may be misapplied on Election Day. Legal volunteers are necessary to help defend the right to vote for all eligible voters. In particular, we are looking for Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Khmer speakers.
Pennsylvania attorneys or law students, please sign up online at http://ofa.bo/palaw. For out-of-state attorneys and law students, please instead sign up here: http://ofa.bo/helppa. In order to confirm you for Election, we need you to sign up online! This will also ensure that we have all the information we need to advise you about training sessions, which will take place the week of October 22nd, and assign you to a polling place for Election Day.