Sampan: Immigrants face barriers to voting rights in upcoming election
Sampan - With the 2020 presidential election approaching, political participation and civic engagement are more crucial than ever. According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are the fastest growing body of eligible voters out of the United States’ major ethnic and racial groups. In the Greater Boston area, advocates and organizers are working to increase voter activity among Asian Americans, while addressing the barriers that some may still continue to encounter. . .
In the city of Malden, voting centers have reported acts of discrimination and noncompliance to section 203, which guarantees bilingual voting assistance through ballots, poll workers, announcements and materials. In hopes of tackling this issue, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund has been monitoring 203-covered jurisdictions. In June, they co-wrote a letter with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) to be sent to the city over the various acts of discrimination during the November 2019 and March 2020 elections.