Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Voting Rights

 

Advancing Justice - LA is proud to advocate for the rights of voters and election policies through the Voting Rights Project. The Voting Rights Project focuses on language access and voter protection.

 

Language Access

Many AANHPI voters are limited English proficient (LEP) or face other barriers to voting. In some Asian American communities, over 50 percent of voters rely on some form of language assistance to vote. Through education, advocacy, and litigation, Advancing Justice-LA ensures that counties and cities provide written and oral assistance in certain Asian languages, as required by laws such as Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act. For example, during major elections, Advancing Justice-LA works with individual volunteers and community-based organizations to monitor poll sites for Section 203 compliance.

Tools for Community-Based Organizations
The Voting Rights Project has created several tools for community-based organizations to use to educate their community members about the voting process. Tools include factsheets explaining online voter registration available in eight languages in California, language assistance at the polls, and the eligibility of lawful permanent residents to serve as poll workers. In 2016, Advancing Justice-California created "Know Your Voting Rights" flyers in thirteen languages. Organizations can also find sample educational flyers to be posted in community spaces.

Visit the Voting Rights Tools and Resources page to access factsheets, "Know Your Voting Rights" flyers and other sample flyers.

Tools for Elections Officials

The Voting Rights Project has developed resources and best practices for elections officials to implement in order to serve LEP voters. Over the years, the Voting Rights Project has actively participated in local community advisory committees and informed elections administrators on the importance of providing accessible language assistance for all voters.

 

Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Poll Workers

Advancing Justice-LA created an informational packet for elections officials regarding the benefits to having LPR poll workers. The packet includes tips to recruiting LPR poll workers and first hand experiences from LPR poll workers in the June 2016 election.

LPR Poll Worker Packet

Bilingual Poll Worker Recruitment List

 

Language Access Best Practices

Along with Advancing Justice-ALC and NALEO, Advancing Justice-LA created Language Access Best Practices memoranda for counties with language access requirements under federal and state laws. These documents have been distributed to various southern California election officials.

Language Access Best Practices: both federal and state laws
Language Access Best Practices: state law only

 

Voter Protection

Advancing Justice-LA advocates on other issues affecting voting rights and access to the polls, such as voter registration, voting machines, identification requirements, and election structures that dilute the impact of underserved communities’ votes. The Voting Rights Project works to promote democratic participation by politically marginalized communities.

 

Redistricting

Every 10 years, following the decennial census, electoral districts from the city to the congressional level are redrawn. Through the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Redistricting (CAPAFR), Advancing Justice-LA has played a leading role in ensuring that the voting power of Asian American and NHPI communities is respected during the redistricting process, as well as helping Asian Americans and NHPIs to build coalitions with other stakeholders including other communities of color. For example, in 2011, Advancing Justice-LA and CAPAFR educated and organized Asian Americans and NHPIs around the state to advocate that new state legislative districts be drawn more fairly, resulting in significant positive changes for Asian Americans and NHPI voters in several areas of the state.

 

Related Publications

Asian American Vote-By-Mail Ballot Rejection Rates in California

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

Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections

The Impact of Redistricting in YOUR Community: A Guide to Redistricting

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
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Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.