Check out what APALA-DC’s very own Communications VP, Heather Laverty has to stay about the importance of voting. Voter Registration deadline for Virginia is October 16 and October 15 for Maryland. Help us make the final push to get folks registered this week by joining us at one of our final events!
Every Monday and Wednesday for the past month, rain or shine, APALA DC Chapter members and volunteers have trekked to Virginia to register voters before the October 16th deadline.
APALA DC also held a very successful National Voter Registration Day with numerous passionate volunteers. On that day, we were able to register a number of voters just by simply asking, “Are you registered to vote?”
But why do I do this, people often ask. Why do I stand outside on the street with a clipboard for a couple hours asking people if they want to register to vote.
I do this because the right to vote is something that women and minorities had to fight for generations before me.
I do this because I am privileged enough to have been born in the United States and to have certain unalienable rights, and voting is one of the most important and fundamental rights to me.
I do this for the thank you from an already registered voter who appreciates what we are doing.
My vote is my voice on the ballot to determine who makes decisions on the issues I care most about, affecting me and countless others like me on an everyday basis.
My vote is crucial now more than ever. My vote inevitably decides who is going to represent me.
Not only do I represent half of the U.S. population as a female, but I also represent the nearly 6 percent of the population as an Asian American. Despite Asian Americans being the fastest growing ethnic group according to the 2010 Census, we also have the lowest voter registration rates.
Because of this, politicians often see Asian Americans as too small of a voting block to matter, and that we’re marginal to victory. This often lasts beyond the election, allowing elected officials to overlook the needs of their Asian American constituents compared to their more active constituencies.
However, through voter registration drives, we can change these statistics and realities: one voter at a time.
We are now in APALA DC’s last week of registering voters in Virginia. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get registered to vote, especially in a key battle ground state like Virginia.
With only a week to go before Virginia’s voter registration deadline, we must come together to ensure that Asian Americans amplify our political voice not only on November 6, but each and every day beyond that.
Together, we can make our voices heard, and we can ensure that Every Vote Counts!