AAPCHO Announces In-Language Voter Registration Tool
September 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
OAKLAND, September 23, 2014 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) announced that it has integrated a new online tool that will allow more Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs), to register to vote.
The online tool, which was developed in partnership with Rock the Vote, will allow other organizations to register voters, and individuals to register to vote in up to 13 different languages including: Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Hindi, Ilocano, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese. The tool can be accessed at http://bit.ly/AAPCHO-RTV.
“Our hope is that by integrating this online tool into our website, we can make this registration process easier for community based organizations and individuals, especially those whose first language is not English,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “Through this tool we are increasing access to the civic engagement process and ensuring that individuals that are shut out from this process because of language barriers, can now participate.”
The tool is being launched on National Voter Registration Day. AAPCHO is one of 317 organizations participating in this national effort to engage more Americans in the democratic process. The AA&NHOPI population is among the fastest growing racial groups in the U.S., and the same is also true for their voting-eligible population. In the last four mid-term election years, AA&NHOPIs have seen an average increase of 600,000 registered voters over the prior cycle. The number of AA&NHOPI registered voters increased from 1.4 million in 1994 to 3.9 million in 2010.
“AAPCHO is excited to be a part of this larger national effort. We believe that through this online tool and other key civic engagement partnerships, that we are going to help scores of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders get out to vote in the November elections.”
AAPCHO is a national association of 35 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders in the U.S. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit www.aapcho.org.