On April 19th, New York State held what has been the most electric presidential primary in recent history. Seizing the opportunity, MinKwon and its APA VOICE members launched a full-force Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaign urging Asian Pacific American communities of New York City to the polls. Multi-lingual voter guides were disseminated; phone-banking and door-knocking efforts were conducted; language-accessible voter hotlines were held. Over 21,000 community members were contacted to let them know that their voice matters.
New York City’s Board of Elections deeply disappointed our communities on Election Day, as hundreds of thousands of voters discovered that their voting information was grossly incorrect, and at times, even not even accounted for at all. On April 25th, the MinKwon Center responded by co-hosting a rally on the City Hall steps along with the New York Immigration Coalition and calling for the Board of Elections to stop diminishing the voices of our communities. The day after, MinKwon then went in front of the Board of Elections Commissioners to say that our communities deserve better when they go to the polls.
With three more elections this year, MinKwon continues to aggressively prepare for a comprehensive voter engagement project that will reach over 104,000 of our communities’ voters.
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