AAFE’s Douglas Nam Le, Chris Kui, Eun Sook Lee of CAPACD, Boris Pincas of the Board of Elections.

During a news conference held August 24th, AAFE kicked off its 2012 voter registration and education campaign.  The initiative is part of a larger campaign led by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), an organization supporting civic engagement in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country.

Leading up to Election Day, AAFE has launched a non-partisan outreach and mobilization plan to register 1200 new voters in New York City.  During the weeks before the November election, AAFE will also reach out to at least 13,000 new potential voters.  To accomplish this important goal, AAFE will:

  • Register voters at all of the organization’s storefront offices and through a comprehensive field campaign — which will include mailings, phone-banking, social media and door-to-door visits.
  • Distribute information about polling locations and election dates, with a special focus on neighborhoods with growing Asian populations.
  • Establish and operate a Voter Assistance Hotline on the days of the Primary Election (September 13)  and the General Election (November 6) to help voters find their poll sites and to answer other questions.
  • Organize a regional media campaign that will reach Asian communities throughout New York, in collaboration with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.

In the 2008 Presidential Election, only about 3.3 million of 7 million eligible Asian voters participated nationwide.  Young Asian American voters (age 18-24) in the Northeast U.S. had the lowest rate of voting of any group, with only 30.5% casting  ballots in 2008. The Asian American community in New York City has grown more than 37% in the past decade. This unprecedented growth offers a rare opportunity for the Asian American community to build its political voice.

For more information about AAFE’s get-out-the-vote campaign, contact:

Contact: Douglas Nam Le, Director of Community Building and Organizing
Phone: 212-979-8381 ext. 103.
Email: douglas_le@www.aafe.org