Scroll.in: 2020 US Election: In New Jersey's 'Little India', vocal Biden supporters and 'shy' Trump voters
Scroll.In - By 10 AM, over 200 ballots had been cast at the JP Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey. By 12 PM, poll workers expected to run out of paper ballots.
Indian-American voter turnout over the past week has hit record highs, and Election Day turnout at a polling site in Middlesex County in central New Jersey was no less. The county has one of the highest concentrations of Indians in the US, and is often referred to as “Little India.” Scroll.in visited Edison, New Jersey to meet Indian American voters. . .
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is conducting an exit poll for Asian American voters, which includes Indian-Americans, in 14 states, including New Jersey, and lawyers and volunteers were present at the JP Stevens High School. The exit poll is also meant to document voter problems and the availability of language assistance on Election Day to non-English speaking voters.
“The area has a high Gujarati-speaking population, and we noticed there was no Gujarati bilingual poll worker or interpreter, which is a little concerning,” said Jerry Vattamala, Democracy Program Director at AALDEF. “The signage is required under the Federal Voting Rights Act. This is another reason why we do this, to ensure that poll sites are complying with federal law,” he added. . .