Press Release

Volunteers needed for 2018 Asian American Exit Poll and election monitoring in 14 states

 
 
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Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) is just one month away! AALDEF is recruiting volunteers to ensure the Asian American voice is heard nationwide through our Asian American Exit Poll and Poll Monitoring project.

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 often overlooked. In response, AALDEF has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. In certain states, AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

In the 2016 elections, 800 volunteers polled 13,846 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC, the largest survey of Asian American voters. You can read our report on the Asian American vote in the 2016 elections here.

Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. There will be a 60 minute training session for all volunteers. There will be 90 minute sessions for CLE trainings; lawyers will receive 1.5 CLE credits (1 credit for professional practice and 0.5 credit for ethics).

All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time they participate in this project. Sign up to attend a training session and to volunteer at www.aaldef.net.

For more information, contact:
Jerry Vattamala, Democracy Program Director
Judy Lei, Voting Rights Organizer
800-966-5946
votingrights@aaldef.org.

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Training Dates (By State):

CALIFORNIA

Wednesday, October 17 - San Diego, CA
Cooley LLP (CLE Training)
4401 Eastgate Mall, Lunch, 12:30PM

DC

Thursday, October 11 - Washington, DC
Cooley LLP (CLE Training)
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 700, Lunch, 12:30 PM

Blank Rome (CLE Training)
1825 Eye Street NW, Dinner, 6:00 PM

GEORGIA

Tuesday, October 23 - Atlanta, GA
Alston & Bird LLP (CLE Training)
One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree Street, Suite 4900, Lunch, 12:00 PM

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
3510 Shallowford Rd NE, Dinner, 6:00 PM

LOUISIANA

Wednesday, October 17 - New Orleans, LA

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA)
13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, Suite A, Dinner, 6:00 PM

MASSACHUSETTS

Monday, October 22 - Boston, MA
Day Pitney LLP (CLE Training)
1 International Place # 16, Lunch, 12:30 PM

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
The Pao Arts Center
One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St., Classroom #2, Dinner, 6:00 PM
For GPS, use 66 Hudson St., walk up stairs and across the deck to 99 Albany St. entrance.

Wednesday, October 24 - Cambridge, MA
Harvard Law APALSA / Harvard Kennedy School
Wexner Building - Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St, 6:00 PM

MICHIGAN

Saturday, October 20 - Detroit, MI
APIAVote-MI
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 East Kirby Street, 12:30 PM

Saturday, October 20 - Ann Arbor, MI
UMich APALSA
Michigan Law, South Hall Room 0220, 701 South State St, 4:00 PM

NEVADA

Wednesday, October 10 - Las Vegas, NV
Asian Community Development Council
2610 S Jones Street, Suite 3, Dinner, 6:00 PM

NEW JERSEY

Wednesday, October 24 - Newark, NJ
McCarter & English LLP (CLE Training)
100 Mulberry St, Lunch, 12:30 PM

Rutgers University Law School (Newark) APALSA
Rutgers University, 123 Washington Street, Baker Moot Court Room, 4:30 PM

NEW MEXICO

Saturday, October 27 - Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Asian Family Center
115 Montclaire Dr. SE, 10:00 AM

NEW YORK

Tuesday, October 9 - New York, NY
Shearman & Sterling LLP (CLE Training)
599 Lexington Ave, Rm TBD, Lunch, 12:00 PM

Wednesday, October 17 - New York, NY
Columbia Law School APALSA
435 W 116th St, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105, Dinner, 6:00 PM

Monday, October 22 - Flushing, NY
MinKwon Center for Community Action
13619 41st Ave #3, 11:00 AM

Tuesday, October 23  - New York, NY
Cleary Gottlieb LLP (CLE Training)
One Liberty Plaza, Rm. 3902, Dinner, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, October 24  - New York, NY
Hunter College Asian American Studies
695 Park Ave, 10:00 AM

Weil Gotshal LLP (CLE Training)
767 Fifth Avenue, Dinner, 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 25  - New York, NY
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (CLE Training)
28 Liberty St, Lunch, 12:30 PM

PENNSYLVANIA

Thursday, October 18 - Philadelphia, PA
Blank Rome (CLE Training)
One Logan Square, 130 North 18th Street, Lunch, 12:00 PM

Blank Rome (CLE Training)
One Logan Square, 130 North 18th Street, Dinner, 6:00 PM

TEXAS

Friday, October 12 - Houston, TX
OCA Greater Houston
Ocean Palace, 11215 Bellaire Blvd. Dinner, 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 13 - Houston, TX
OCA Greater Houston
American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Breakfast, 9:00 AM

Tuesday, October 16 - Austin, TX
Fish & Richardson PC (CLE Training)
111 Congress Ave, “Fareground” (Mezzanine Level), Lunch, 12:30 PM

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
Location TBD, Dinner, 6:00 PM

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AALDEF 2018 Asian American Election Protection Co-Sponsors
**(as of September 27, 2018)

National

18 Million Rising * APIAVote * Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) * Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) * National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) * National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) * National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) * National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) * OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates * South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training (SAFEST)

Local

Apex for Youth * APIAVote-Michigan (APIAVote-MI) * Asian Americans United (AAU) * Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) * Asian Employee Network at American Express (ANA - New York) * Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA Austin) * Association of Chinese Americans * OCA Detroit (ACA) * Boat People SOS Houston * Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) * Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) * Chinatown YMCA, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA Boston) * Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) * Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) * Florida Asian Services Center (FASC) * Flushing YMCA * GAPIMNY–Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders * MinKwon Center for Community Action * NAKASEC D.C. * National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum NYC Chapter (NAPAWF-NYC) * National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) - Nevada * New Mexico Asian Family Center (NMAFC) * New Virginia Majority (NVM) * Nodutdol for Korean Community Development * OCA Greater Houston Chapter * Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) * Pilipino American Unity for Progress NY (UniPro NY) * Pilipino American Unity for Progress San Diego (UniPro San Diego) * Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC) * United Chinese Association of Brooklyn (UCA) * Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA)

Legal

Asian American Bar Association of Houston * Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) * Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) * Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) * Asian Law Alliance (ALA) * Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of NJ (APALA-NJ) * Asian Pacific Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) * Austin Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) * Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York * Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association (LAPABA) * Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY) * South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABAGB) * South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)

Schools

Brandeis Southeast Asia Club (SEAC) * Cardozo APALSA * Columbia APALSA * Columbia Asian American Alliance * Columbia School of Social Work Asian Pacific Islander Student Caucus (CSSW API Caucus) * George Mason APALSA * Georgetown APALSA *  Harvard APALSA * Harvard Kennedy School Asian Pacific American Caucus * Michigan Law APALSA * NYU APALSA * Pace University American Studies Program * Princeton Asian American Students Association (AASA) * Rutgers Law School Newark-Pro Bono and Public Interest Office * Rutgers Law School-Camden APALSA * Rutgers Law School-Newark APALSA * St. John’s APALSA * Suffolk University Law School, APALSA * UPenn Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC) * UT Austin Center for Asian American Studies