In order to fully participate in our democracy, Asian Americans must exercise the right to vote in local, state, and national elections. Unfortunately, racial discrimination in voting still exists. We work to eliminate discriminatory barriers to voting and to increase access to the ballot for all voters.
Making sure you're fully ready to vote before you request an absentee ballot or head to the polls in-person can be overwhelming. Here are a couple fact sheets with resources to help! (Translations for both available in Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese)
Find translated versions of Section 203 and 208 fact sheets linked here
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act:
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain counties and jurisdictions to provide bilingual voting materials in communities with language minorities and limited-English proficient residents, which means that all information provided in English must also be provided in the covered languages.
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act:
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act allows voters needing assistance because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, including voters who have difficulty with English, to bring someone into the voting booth to help them understand and cast a ballot.
Sometimes your ballot may not be counted. Ballot counting takes place for days after Election Day, so you may have time to fix some of the problems for why your ballot was not counted. Our new fact sheet "Was My Vote Counted? What To Do After You Vote?" is available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese to identify common issues and what you can do to make sure your vote is counted.
Call the 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683) hotline if you need help. Assistance is provided in English, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Urdu.
- Before you mail or drop off your ballot, make sure that you read all the directions carefully.
- It’s okay if you make a mistake like forgetting to sign your ballot. In some states, election officials must inform you if your ballot has been rejected because of a mistake, and you can take steps to correct it. Don’t wait! Be proactive and reach out to your local elections office if you think you made a mistake. Check your local elections website for more information to ensure your voice is heard.
- Track your mail/absentee ballot to make sure it is counted. You can find each state’s tracking information at https://www.vote.org/ballot-tracker-tools/
Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIA Vote run a hotline where voters can get answers to their questions about voting and receive assistance in eight Asian languages. Call 1-888-API-VOTE or 1-888-274-8683 for assistance with any questions about voting.
Mis- and disinformation about elections creates confusion and dismantles public trust in elections. Common falsehoods include misleading claims about election security and mail-in ballots. They also include lies about candidates and falsehoods about when and how to vote.
- Misinformation: False information that is shared without ill intent
- Disinformation: False claims shared deliberately to cause harm
Learn more about how to report misinformation or disinformation on different platforms LINKED HERE