As AAPIs continue to draw the attention of elected officials, government agencies, and corporations, APIAVote works to ensure that our communities’ voices and priorities are included in legislation related to voter protection, voting rights and other important civic issues.
Our Election Protection initiative entails the following:
- We manage the 1-888-API-VOTE election protection and information hotline to answer state-specific questions or concerns about voting for callers in the language they are most comfortable in. The hotline is provided in partnership with Advancing Justice | AAJC and the Lawyer’s Committee.
- Through coalition-building, we coordinate responses to key policy decisions, ensuring that senators and representatives know that AAPI communities have a stake in key legislative decisions.
- We gather, analyze and disseminate data and research to policy-makers and stakeholders, providing them with the data-based evidence they need to make informed decisions regarding AAPI communities. A key initiative for this is the bi-annual Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS), conducted as a partnership between APIAVote, AAPI Data, and Advancing Justice | AAJC. The AAVS is the only pre-election national survey focused on polling Asian Americans and has been referred to by FiveThirtyEight, NPR, and the New York Times.
- Along with local and national partners, we provide assistance in making sure appropriate in-language materials are made available to local election officials as they expand language accessibility in their jurisdictions. Under section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, this language accessibility is required when specific language population criteria are met.
- We provide a platform for elected officials, experts and community organizers to convene and share their knowledge and insights on the legislative and civic issues impacting AAPI communities.
- Through amplifying AAPI voices and sharing stories that show the impact of crucial voting legislation, we spread awareness on how policies and legislation on voting affects the everyday lives of AAPIs.
See our social media toolkit #AAPIsForVotingRights to get involved with our voting rights campaign!
Voter Registration rules
- You have to be a U.S. citizen.
- You need to be at least 18 years old on Election Day.
- You must be a resident of the state you are registering in.
You may need to re-register if your address, party affiliation, or name has changed since you last registered.
Many states require you to register to vote in advance of the election.