March 19, 2020

As we practice safe social distancing, how do you vote? 

This week, Florida, Illinois, and Arizona held elections amid recommendations for Americans to socially distance themselves. Ohio declared a state of emergency and ultimately closed their polls. States like Maryland have postponed their elections to June.o

With social distancing recommended for the foreseeable weeks to come, how can you participate?

  • Vote by Mail. We encourage everyone to request absentee ballots in your state and to keep watch on your state election board for further updates. Arizona, for example, allowed you to print out mail-in ballots and drop them off at the designated drop off points. For more updates on upcoming primary elections, see this changing primary dates article from The New York Times.

  • Practice Safe Social Distancing. Your health and safety are important. By voting by mail, you can minimize your contact with others and still participate in our democracy. 

  • Take the Census. The 2020 Census is crucial to securing funding for resources like public education and healthcare. But did you know it also determines voting districts? For the first time, you can take the census online at my2020census.gov. Enter your household ID and make sure our communities are represented! For more information and translated resources go to www.apiavote.org/census.

  • Call our hotline at 1-888-APIVOTE for more assistance. We offer bilingual assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu, and Hindi. Please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Practicing social distancing? Tag us @APIAVote on social media and tell us how you're doing your part while staying inside!  

Questions or media requests? Email jbaik@apiavote.org.