Record Involvement of Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations in Voter Registration

WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2014 – Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) today announced a record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) serving organizations will participate in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), with activities leading up to, during and after September 23.

The AAPI Islander populations are among the fastest growing racial groups in the United States, and the same is also true for their voting-eligible population.

In the last four midterm election years, the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders registered voters has increased by an average of about 600,000 over the prior cycle, resulting in an increase from about 1.4 million AAPI registered voters in 1994 to 3.9 million in 2010. The increased voter participation was a result in part of a concerted effort of APIAVote and its partners and affiliates across the country to educate and register new voters.

“As we gear up for the 2014 midterm elections, we want to highlight our ongoing voter outreach efforts and increase our numbers and influence at the polls, especially on issues relating to the economy, healthcare and national security, “ said Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote.

This year, 317 AAPI serving organizations will participate in NVRD, up from 154 organizations who participated in 2012.  This rate of increase compares to 65% growth rate overall in the number of organizations involved in the NVRD effort (from 1,223 t0 2,014 total).

LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

WHO:  Lowell Community Health Center

WHAT:  Voter Registration

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 23 – Friday, September 26 from 10AM – 4PM

WHERE: Lowell Community Health Center,  161 Jackson Street, Lowell

CONTACT: Sidney Liang, sidneyli@lchealth.org, 510-435-7528

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

WHO:   Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (www.cbwchc.org)

WHAT: Voter Education & Registration

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10AM – 4PM

WHERE: Charles B. Wang Community Health Centers – Multiple Locations

CONTACT:  Shao-Chee Sim, ssim@cbwchc.org

 

DULUTH, GEORGIA

WHO:   Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (www.aalegal.org)

WHAT: 10,000 Korean Votes Billboard Reveal

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:00 – 12:30 PM

WHERE: Pleasant Hill Car Wash (Meet in Vincent Bakery Café parking lot:  2442 Pleasant Hill Road)

CONTACT:  Helen Kim Ho, helen@aalegal.org, 404-232-5219

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS

WHO: Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs

WHAT: Voter Registration

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:00 – 2:00 PM

WHERE: University of Texas, West Mall Office Building, Administrative Building, 2200 Inner Campus Dr.

CONTACT: Alice Yi, aliceyi@icloud.com, 512-658-7687

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS

WHO:   Boat People SOS

WHAT: Voter Registration

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10AM

WHERE:  Hong Kong City Mall, 11205 Bellaire Blvd, Houston

CONTACT: Janette Diep, janette.diep@bpsos.org, 832-300-5553

 

CLEVELAND, OHIO

WHO:   Asian Services in Action, Inc (www.asiaohio.org)

              OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland Chapter (www.ocagc.org)

WHAT: Voter Registration Drive

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10AM – 2PM

WHERE: Asian Town Center, E. 38th Street & Superior Avenue

CONTACT:  Kimlee Sureemee, kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org, 216-970-5687

 

ANN ARBOR & EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN

WHO:   APIAVote-Michigan (www.apiavotemi.org)

WHAT: Voter Registration Drive Competition between University of Michigan and Michigan State University

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WHERE: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & Michigan State University, East Lansing

CONTACT:  Sana Khan, sanakhan@apiavotemi.org, 919-539-1325

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

WHO:  Asian American Organizing Project

WHAT:  Voter Registration Drives

WHEN/WHERE:  

Tuesday, September 23, Como Hmong International Market (Little Mekong) and Hmong Village (Eastside), 12PM – 6PM, Phalen Lake Regional Park 5 – 7PM, Sushi Tango Minneapolis: 7PM – 12AM

Friday September 26 : Hamline University Hmong students 6 to 8PM
Saturday, September 27: Minneapolis Open Streets 11AM to 4PM
Sunday, September 28:  - St. Paul Open Streets 11AM to 4PM and Bunsavanh Banquet Celebration 11AM to 3PM

 

CONTACT: Jay Xiong, jay.xiong.aaop@gmail.com, 612-564-0020 

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

WHO:   National Tongan American Society

WHAT:  Voter Registration

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 23 from 10AM – 7PM

WHERE:  National Tongan American Society, 3007 SW Temple Street, South Salt Lake

CONTACT:  Fahina Tavake-Pasi, fahina@ntasutah.org, 801-915-4475