On Tuesday, September 22, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will be in Manhattan’s Chinatown to celebrate National Voter Registration Day and to assist Asian Americans to register and vote in the 2020 elections.
AALDEF, a community partner of National Voter Registration Day, will set up a table at 81 Bayard Street in Chinatown from 12 noon to 6 pm with NY voter registration forms and bilingual materials about voting rights. AALDEF staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions about absentee ballots, early voting, address changes, and availability of interpreters at polling places in NYC. AALDEF’s goal is to ensure that every eligible Asian American is registered to vote before the October 9 deadline, and can safely exercise their right to vote in the 2020 elections during the pandemic.
Asian Americans are the fastest growing population of eligible voters among all major racial and ethnic groups, numbering over 11 million nationwide and almost 970,000 in New York, according to a Pew Research Center report. AALDEF has conducted nonpartisan voter registration drives since the 1980s. Before the pandemic, AALDEF registered hundreds of new citizens at the Manhattan federal courthouse after their naturalization ceremonies.
National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters nationwide who may not register otherwise.
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