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Voting Rights

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 to vote. 

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.



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