September 22, 2020


FLUSHING, New York -- Asian Pacific Americans Voting & Organizing to Increase Civic Engagement (APA VOICE), a non-partisan coalition of 19 community-based organizations, organized a voter registration drive on National Voter Registration Day, ahead of the general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters out of the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States. More than 11 million will be able to vote this year, making up nearly 5% of the nation’s eligible voters. While one of the biggest barriers to AAPI civic participation is voter registration, when registered, AAPIs have comparable turnout rates compared to other affinity communities.


Sandra Choi, Civic Engagement Manager at Minkwon Center for Community Action said, “Our nation’s history is one defined by the systematic disenfranchisement of the most marginalized members of our society including immigrant and low income communities of color. MinKwon is proud to stand with the APA VOICE coalition to address long standing political inequities by mobilizing our communities to register to vote and by building a more inclusive democracy that reflects the voice and diversity of the people in Queens and New York.” 


Sudha Acharya, Executive Director of the South Asian Council for Social Services said, "Our communities in New York are the hardest hit during this crisis of COVID-19. This year we all have to come together on this very important Election. South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) and members of APA Voice will continue to conduct voter outreach, phone banking, register eligible voters and remind everyone to go out and vote on election day." 


“We are excited to join with APAVoice in calling new voters to register. It is more important than ever for Asian communities to be heard at the polls in the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections and in 2021 when we will vote for all of our city's elected officials.” said Mae Lee, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association.


“There are only 41 more days until Election Day, and AALDEF is committed to working with community groups such as MinKwon and other APA VOICE members to conduct a virtual and in-person Exit Poll to protect Asian American voters on Election Day. Today, as we celebrate National Voter Registration Day with the APA VOICE coalition, we will be at 81 Bayard Street in Chinatown to register limited English proficient voters and answer any questions they may have regarding the voting process to ensure they are well-informed and ready to make their voices heard on or before November 3.” said Judy Lei, Voting Rights Organizer at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund


"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are New York City’s fastest growing racial group and make up more than 15% of the city’s population, yet the AAPI community is woefully underrepresented in elected office and in budget and legislative decisions,” said Howard Wong, Civic Engagement Manager at the Chinese American Planning Council. “The first step to changing that is increasing AAPI representation at the polls, and that is why we are thrilled to join APA Voice in today's voter registration drive to ensure our voices are heard.”

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