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Majority of Asian Americans Vote by Mail, Yet Ballot Rejection Rates Are Higher Than Average

Asian American voters are using vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots in large numbers, but also face a higher than average ballot rejection rate according to a new issue brief by Advancing Justice - California. “Asian Americans Face Higher Than Average Vote-By-Mail Ballot Rejection Rates in California” provides general use and rejection rates among Asian American voters based on detailed analysis of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. Taken together, the four counties make up close to half (or 45%) of the Asian American electorate in California. 

Asian Americans Face Higher than Average Vote-By-Mail Ballot Rejection Rates Than Average in California

A majority of California voters are now opting to cast their votes using vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots rather than head to their assigned polling place on Election Day. During the November 2016 presidential election, over 8 million voters in California (58%) used VBM ballots, a 13% increase from previous presidential election. Asian American voters are using vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots in large numbers. Two-thirds (66%) of Asian Americans who voted in the November 2016 election cast their votes using a VBM ballot, a rate higher than average (58%).


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New Voting Commission Is a Pretext for Voter Suppression and Discrimination

LOS ANGELES – Today the president issued an executive order to create a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The commission is expected to study "vulnerabilities" in U.S. voting systems, but an administration official stated it would also look into potential issues of "improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting" – claims that previous studies have proven to be unfounded.
 

Voices of Democracy: The State of Language Access in California's November 2016 Elections

A new report created by Advancing Justice-CA (Advancing Justice-LA and Advancing Justice-ALC) reviewing language access in California for the 2016 Presidential Election. 


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Advancing Justice-LA and Korean American Coalition-LA Calls for Continued Vigilance in Distribution of Sample Ballots

On June 6, 2017, Angelenos in the 34th Congressional District will determine who will fill the seat left vacant by Xavier Becerra, now California’s attorney general. This election comes after the primary election on April 4 was marred by an error that left an undetermined number of Korean-speaking voters with inaccurate sample ballots. The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters (ROV) is currently in the process of determining whether the procedural mistake was caused by one worker failing to follow set procedures or whether additional procedural errors occurred. Advancing Justice-LA and Korean American Coalition - Los Angeles (KAC) support these efforts to prevent a similar error from happening in the future. 

Advancing Justice-LA Works With LA Registrar of Voters to Minimize Effect of Incorrect Korean Ballots

On April 4, 2017, Angelenos in the 34th Congressional District participated in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Xavier Becerra.  Unfortunately, before the election, some Korean-speaking voters received the wrong sample ballot because the wrong batch of sample ballots was mailed.  Although all the sample ballots concerned the 34th District election, candidate ballot order appeared differently from the official ballot due to random selection rules.  Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) worked behind the scenes with the Los Angeles Registrar of Voters (ROV) and concerned groups to minimize the effect of the incorrect Korean ballots.  

Advancing Justice - California Lauds Introduction of "California Voting for All Act" to Improve Language Access in California Elections

Advancing Justice - California Lauds Introduction of
"California Voting for All Act" to Improve Language Access in California Elections
 
Legislation, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, will make California a nationwide leader on ensuring access to voting for immigrant communities.  
 
 

How I Used Language to Engage my Community

The Korean I learned from her ended up serving me as well as others. Now, I talk to many Korean American senior citizens on the phone about voting. In my sophomore year, I joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) as a phone bank volunteer in order to not only practice my Korean, but also to be able to inform senior Korean American voters about upcoming elections and encourage them to participate in our democracy. 

2016 New Section 203 Coverage and Asian Americans

On December 5, 2016, the Census Bureau updated the Section 203 determinations based on 2010-2014 American Community Survey Data.  Part of the federal Voting Rights Act, Section 203 requires jurisdictions designated in the determinations to provide bilingual voting assistance to Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indians and Alaskan Natives.  


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