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 the Asian American Voice Heard
By advocating for the restoration and enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), and facilitating training, education, and advocacy around voter-related issues that affect Asian Americans like language assistance, voter suppression, and election reform, we strengthen all communities' ability to participate in the democratic process.
Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIA Vote run a hotline where voters can get answers to their questions about voting and receive assistance in nine Asian languages. Call 1-888-API-VOTE or 1-888-274-8683 for assistance. Assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.
Once again, APIAVote and Advancing Justice | AAJC will be hosting the hotline leading up to Election Day and we are looking for bilingual volunteers in Cantonese and Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi/Urdu, and Bengali. If you are interested in volunteering again this year, please click the link above.
Voting and Elections Mis/Disinformation Reporting Form
Misinformation is defined as: information whose inaccuracy is unintentional. This includes information reported in error. Example - Accidentally tweeting the wrong voter registration deadline.
Disinformation is defined as: information that is deliberately false or misleading:
- Spreading uncertainty or derailing a debate
- Undermining trust in institutions
- Disrupting and destabilizing
Example: Tweeting a conspiracy theory that vote by mail leads to rampant voter fraud.
2020 General Election Factsheets
Covid-19 Safety Factsheets
Partner Covid-19 Recommendations Factsheet
2020 State Factsheets
What to Do After You Vote!
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. See our new factsheet on Was My Vote Counted? What To Do After You Vote! in English, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese to see 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 www.ballotready.org and www.cnet.com/how-to/how-do-i-track-my-ballot-heres-how-for-every-state/
Language Access: It's Your Right to Ask for It
Click here to find translated versions on Section 203 and 208 fact sheets.
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.
Concerned About Voter Intimidation?
While poll watching is intended as part of the checks and balances of the American election system, improper challenges can and do intimidate voters. Advancing Justice - AAJC and the National Disability Rights Network created this factsheet outlining how voter challenges have been utilized to target voters of color and voters with disabilities and who to contact in the event of voter challenge schemes. The American Civil Liberties Union produced a Know Your Rights factsheet about voter intimidation.
The Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection created fact sheets for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals are near a polling place or voter registration drive.
Voter intimidation can also include the involvement of law enforcement and their presence at polling sites. It has long been the recommendation of civil rights groups and voting rights advocates that police should be in poll sites only where a specific and legitimate law enforcement need justifies their presence. This is because police presence can be inherently intimidating to voters, particularly in communities of color, immigrant communities, limited English proficient and other communities (e.g. communities that speak a language other than English or speak English with an accent) that will likely deter voters from voting. In addition to the resources above, you may find these Know Your Rights resources on interactions with law enforcement helpful if you encounter the at your poll site:
- American Civil Liberties Union Protester Rights
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Protester Rights
Your Right. Your Vote.
Have you experienced voter discrimination or intimidation at the polls? Tell your story at WeVoteWeCount.org so we can raise visibility around this critical issue and preserve access to the ballot for all.
2020 Asian American Voter Survey
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), and AAPI Data released a 2020 survey on Asian American attitudes on issues from the 2020 Presidential Election and discrimination in America to healthcare concerns around COVID-19 and support for affirmative action.
The 2020 Asian American Voter Survey data polled 1,569 Asian American registered voters. As the Asian American electorate continues to grow, the group stands to play a significant role in political races at the national, state, and local levels. Yet, most Asian American voters are still reporting little to no outreach from either political party.
Get Involved! Become a Poll Worker
For opportunities to work as a poll worker or poll site, go to workelections.com
Asian American Federation of Florida
Vote Early Day
We are a premier partner for the first-ever Vote Early Day, taking place Saturday, October 24, 2020!
Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and ensures that Americans don’t have to choose between public health and civic duty. Sign up here to get involved. Follow @VoteEarlyDay on social media and engage using the hashtags #VoteEarly and #VoteReady.