Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations Turn Out Voters for June 7 Primary Election

20 Organizations Making 20,000 Calls in 10 Languages in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

2016 "Your Vote Matters" Campaign Partners. More than 150 bilingual staff and volunteers will do voter outreach in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects for the upcoming primary election on June 7th. 

LOS ANGELES – Through Tuesday, June 7, the non-partisan "Your Vote Matters" campaign plans to call 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) registered voters across Los Angeles and Orange Counties. More than 150 bilingual staff and volunteers from 20 AANHPI organizations will contact voters in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects, targeting the state’s fastest growing racial group and an electorate that jumped 60 percent from 2002 to 2012.  
"Primaries have lower turnout than general elections in November, which amplifies the power of those who do cast a vote this June," said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. "While we are non-partisan, the ‘Your Vote Matters’ coalition believes that by working together, we can increase Asian American and Pacific Islander electoral participation and demonstrate our community’s potential as the ‘margin of victory’ on election day."
In 2016, Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are expected to comprise 11 percent of the state’s voters, and in 2012, Asian American voters exceeded the margin of victory at 38 legislative districts in California. There are more than 1.7 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in the state.
"2016 is such a critical election year," said Aquilina Soriano Versoza, executive director of the Pilipino Worker Center. "The Pilipino Worker Center is engaging all people in our community, whether they can vote or not, to help turnout voters like our constituents -- low-wage workers and immigrants who are naturalized citizens -- because they are often overlooked in existing efforts to educate and mobilize voters. We want our community to know that yes, your vote matters!"
"Voting is critically important to the empowerment of the Korean and Asian American communities," said Do Kim, president of the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership. "This year, we are getting our youth involved in contacting voters, because we want to instill early on the value of civic participation and having a voice. Our youth, including many high school students, are thrilled to make a difference by getting their parents, neighbors and community members out to the polls, even if they themselves cannot yet cast a vote."
The June 7th primary election will help choose not only Presidential candidates, but also finalists for other key races such as the open U.S. Senate seat. There may also be local ballot measures and elections. To find out what will be on your ballot, an online tool that shows local ballots based on your address is available at
"Primary elections are different from general elections, like the one in November," said Deanna Kitamura, director of Advancing Justice-LA’s voting rights project. "Before the May 23rd voter registration deadline, it’s very important to understand the rules for the party whose candidate you want to vote for, because party-specific rules may affect your ability to cast a vote on June 7."

To vote on June 7th, voters must be registered by Monday, May 23. To confirm if you are registered in LA or Orange Counties, you can check with your county election official. If you need to change your address, your party preference, or your language selection, you must re-register. In California, you can now register (or re-register) online. In addition to English and Spanish, online registration is available in 8 Asian languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
For the primary, there are special rules regarding who can vote for which presidential candidate. The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties allow "cross-over voting" by undeclared voters (those with no party preference). The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican parties only allow voters registered with their respective party to vote for their candidates. If you need to change your party preference in order to vote for your candidate of choice, you must re-register by Monday, May 23.
Anchored by Advancing Justice-LA, the "Your Vote Matters" campaign is in its 10th year of mobilizing AAPIs to participate in elections and includes the following organizations:

API Equality-LA
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture
Asian Youth Center
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Filipino Migrant Center
Khmer Girls in Action
Korean American Coalition
Korean Resource Center
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
KW Lee Center for Leadership
Little Tokyo Service Center
Organization of Chinese Americans - Greater Los Angeles
Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance
Pilipino Workers Center
South Asian Network
Thai Community Development Center


"We can increase Asian American and Pacific Islander electoral participation and demonstrate our community’s potential as the ‘margin of victory’ on election day," says Stewart Kwoh, President & Executive Director of Advancing Justice-LA.




Randy Bunnao, 213-241-0227, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Thursday, May 19, 2016


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