Asian Americans, the Right to Vote, and Same-Sex Marriage

NQAPIA has entered into a strategic partnership with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education to protect the right to vote and gauge Asian American voter opinion on same-sex marriage in the upcoming Presidential Elections. We need your help.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots.

Moreover, Asian American voter attitudes toward LGBT rights have been rarely documented. And when studied, only of America-born, fully English proficient Asian Americans. The community is much larger.

In response, AALDEF has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document voter opinions that can be disaggregated by ethnicity, age, citizenship tenure, etc. AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

On November 6, 2012, NQAPIA is partnering with AALDEF to monitor the elections and conduct a non-partisan voter survey at poll sites in Asian American neighborhoods in 14 states. Volunteers are needed to work in 3-hour shifts while polls are open (7:00 AM to 8:00 PM).

There will be a one hour training session for all volunteers. All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help. To sign up, complete the registration form here (Volunteer Form-NQAPIA) or click here to register.