APIAVote-MI Protects the Rights of Voters
November 4, 2014 -- APIAVote-Michigan worked alongside the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund to monitor a total of six polling locations that included over a dozen precincts, to ensure our community had access to the polls and to survey voter attitudes. The major findings for Michigan:
There is still much work to be done to protect the voting rights of our community. APIAVote-Michigan looks forward to working with local clerks to take corrective actions that prevent egregious behaviors in the future.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th
Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4th! This year we're voting for our Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives in Congress, State Senators, State Representatives, and in some cases, also County Commissioners, Boards of Education, judges for district, circuit and supreme courts. THIS ELECTION MATTERS! Tell you family, friends and co-workers to vote. Polls are open 7am - 8pm!
Here are some resources to help you in your voting.
APIA Voter hotline: 1-888-API-VOTE
If you need help voting or encounter any problems with registration, absentee voting, and/or voting at the polls on November 4th, please call this number! Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi & Bengali.
This service is provided in partnership by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice in D.C.
Absentee Voting: Request by 11/1 at 2pm
Abstentee Ballots can be requested by mailing an application, letter or postcard to your city or township clerk, or in person from the office. Visit www.michigan.gov/vote to find your local office. Request an Absentee ballot by Saturday, November 1 at 2pm. Completed ballots must be returned to the Clerk's office by Tuesday, November 4th, 8pm.
You are eligible to vote absentee if you are:
Your rights as a voter
NO ID? NO PROBLEM: Every voter is asked to present a photo ID such as a Michigan's driver's license or identification card at the polls, but if you don't have an ID, this won't prevent you from voting. Most voters can simply sign a brief form stating that they are not in possession of a photo ID. Some first time voters (who registered by mail and not in the office of a local clerk or Secretary of State), are required to show identification.
NEED ASSISTANCE? You may bring anyone to the poll to assist you with translation or general poll procedure, as long as that person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or your union official.
RECENTLY MOVED? You will have needed to register at your new address. Check www.michigan.gov/vote for your polling location. Voters who move within the same city, township or village can go to their old polling location one last time to vote. Voters who moved to another city, township or village after September 5, 2014 and did not register by the deadline can vote one last time at their old polling location.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M IN LINE WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE? Every voter who is in line by 8:00pm at the polling place must be allowed to vote.
Election Day Volunteers needed
In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans, and vice versa. When the news media reported on election results and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were often overlooked.
In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and APIA VOTE!-MI have conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns. AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.
recap: 4th Annual Dinner
Our 4th Annual Dinner on Saturday, September 13, 2014 was a smashing success! The event took place at East Lake Chinese Restaurant in Troy and brought together over 200 community leaders, elected officials, friends and family. Thank you to all over our generous sponsors and the many community members for celebrating our accomplishments from the past year. Learn more about our annual dinner!