Sunday 22nd October 2017,

Community Issues

Ξ Comments are off

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Asian Americans Encounter Voting Problems at the Polls- @AALDEF

posted by Randall

 

ballotPoll data released by the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund found Asian Americans encountered numerous problems at the voting booth in 2012, some of which may have been a violation of law, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Accusations from 9,000 people surveyed in 14 states include being improperly asked to show proof of citizenship at the polls, not having access to translators or interpreters when reviewing ballots, and having their names misspelled on voter rolls.

The revelation comes just a week after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments to weaken the Voting Rights Act. Specifically the plaintiffs want a provision in the act requiring 14 states and some counties to get authorization before making changes to the voting law.

“Much of the talk about the Voting Rights Act has been about the African-American and Latino communities. None of it has been discussed with regard to the Asian community and the impact overturning it would have on that emerging demographic,” Magpantay said. “We think it’s a powerful tool to protect those rights in the future.”

More on the problems  at the polls can be found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Popular Posts

Search

Get Social

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,402 other subscribers

AsAmNews has Asian America in Its Heart

Please support AsAmNews by sharing & commenting on our stories

Like Us on Facebook & follow on Twitter