Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights

DC • CA • FL • GA • LA • MA • MD • MI • NJ • NM • NV • NY • PA • TX • VA

AALDEF 2016 Election Infographic

2016 Asian American Exit Poll and Poll Monitoring

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated “Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

We need your help. In the 2012 elections, 850 volunteers polled 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC. All are welcome to volunteer for our exit poll, which we will conduct in CA, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NM, NV, NY, PA, TX, VA, and Washington, DC. Exit poll volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. We are also looking for law students and attorneys to monitor polls in NY, NJ, MA, and possibly in MI and PA. We will conduct mandatory 60-minute community trainings (90 minutes for CLE trainings) in all of these regions. All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help. Complete the form at www.aaldef.net. Thank you!

For more information, contact AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Iris Zalun at 800-966-5946 or votingrights@aaldef.org.