Polls are open across the nation. If you haven’t already done so, please get out there and make your voices heard!
Don’t think your vote will make a difference? Civil rights advocacy groups Asian Americans Advancing Justice and APIA Vote have said that, in more than 60 House races across the country, including in congressional districts in Georgia, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, California and Hawaii, “Asian Americans make up 8 percent or more of the voting-age population, large enough to close the gap in some of these races.”
New polling from these groups also shows that at least 60 percent, and up to as many as 77 percent, of Asian American registered voters are planning to vote in today’s midterm elections. Recent controversies, such as the one in Georgia over “missing” voter registration forms primarily from people of color, serve as a keen reminder of how hard-won the right to vote has been for minorities in this nation.
If you need assistance voting, or should you encounter any problems at the polls, you can call the National Asian Language Election Protection Hotline, at 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683). Bilingual assistance is available in English, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali.
Below is a fascinating infographic about the fastest growing minority group, and potential political force, produced by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, APIA Vote and AAPI Data. The message: Let’s show that the Asian American vote matters.