New York, NY -- The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a New York-based national civil rights organization, will dispatch attorneys and volunteers to document voter problems and the availability of language assistance on Election Day, November 6.
AALDEF will also conduct a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll to get a snapshot of Asian American candidate preferences, party enrollment, and issues of significance to Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC. The preliminary exit poll results will be released Tuesday evening.
AALDEF's poll monitoring efforts have taken on heightened significance in light of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which weakened the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act. AALDEF successfully used the preclearance process in the past to secure bilingual ballots for Chinese American voters and challenge voting barriers faced by Asian New Yorkers.
AALDEF volunteers will be in newly covered jurisdictions that are required to provide mandatory Asian language assistance to voters under section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. These include Gujarati in Middlesex County, NJ, Chinese in Malden, MA, Khmer in Lowell, MA, and Vietnamese in Fairfax County, VA.
In the 2016 presidential elections, AALDEF polled 13,846 Asian American voters in 14 states with large Asian American populations. Higher Asian American voter turnout is expected in the 2018 midterm elections. AALDEF has conducted exit polls of Asian American voters and monitored polls in every major election since 1988.
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