OCA is a strong advocate for voters rights. As the fastest group of new
immigrants, Asian Americans are increasingly gaining political power through
both representation and voting blocs.
OCA is proud to partner with the Asian American Legal Defense
and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) Democracy Program to protect individuals’ right
Across the country, OCA mobilizes hundreds of its chapter
members and advocates to volunteer at their local polling stations to document
voting problems, distribute an exit poll survey, and experience the democratic
process first hand. In addition, local chapters organize voter registration
drives prior to elections.
In 2012, over 9,000 APAs were
surveyed to create the largest exit poll of Asian Americans in the United
States. The poll provides crucial data on APA voting trends as well as the
community’s political influence. In addition, voting problems continue to
persist as a barrier for many. In 2012, 136 APA
voters faced rude or hostile poll workers, 183 indicated
that there were no interpreters or translations available when needed, and 249 were required to provide proof of citizenship.
To view the full results of the 2012 election, click HERE.