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Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Jul 9 2012

Silicon Valley-Mercury News

Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril. Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

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Los Angeles County to Provide Translated Voting Materials in Hindi, Khmer and Thai During 2012 Elections

LOS ANGELES – As announced earlier this year by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (the Registrar), Asian Indian, Cambodian and Thai American voters in Los Angeles County will now have access to bilingual voting assistance.  The Registrar is the entity responsible for conducting elections for Los Angeles County.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, has been working with the Registrar’s office to increase awareness of this newly available language assistance and ensure that the language assistance is implemented properly.

Demand to Include Central Am. Nations on Census

Apr 18 2012

New America Media-Latino

Los Angeles (USA) - Pro-immigrant organizations will ask the U.S. Census Bureau to include Central American countries on the forms of the next decennial Census to identify the origin of residents from that area.

"In late May of this year Central American activists are going to meet with census officials to demand that the 2020 census forms include each of the countries of Central America," said Francisco Rivera, president of the Central American Roundtable (Mesa Redonda Centroamericana).

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April 21st deadline to file citizenship applications to vote in November election

Apr 4 2012

Asian Journal

LOS ANGELES – The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is expanding its free citizenship application clinics to help more immigrants become American citizens. Through these clinics, APALC hopes to empower future citizens by giving them the tools to make a difference in their communities.

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APALC Advocates for Language Assistance During 2012 Election Cycle

During this presidential election year, APALC is working with a number of organizations across California to ensure that Asian American voters have full access to their rights, including their rights to language assistance under Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act.  In jurisdictions cove

Help Asian Americans Protect Their Voting Rights: A Guide to Ensure Language Assistance During Elections

This February 2012 handbook is intended to be an advocacy tool that provides an introduction to language voting assistance and to the role community members can play to ensure that Section 203-covered jurisdictions are complying with the law so that Asian American citizens can freely exercise their right to vote. 

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