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) conducts a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document voting patterns and instances of 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. All are welcome to volunteer for our exit poll, which we will conduct in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Exit poll volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. We are also looking for law students and attorneys to monitor polls in NY, NJ, and MA. We will conduct mandatory 60-minute community trainings and offer 90-minute CLE trainings in all of these regions. All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time they help; Asian language ability is helpful, but not required. Complete the form at www.aaldef.net.
See training sessions in your area:
- New York (Tuesday, 10/17; Thursday, 10/19; Wednesday, 10/25)
- Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, 10/24)
- Boston (Wednesday, 10/18)
For more information, contact AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Iris Zalun at 800-966-5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.