Korean American Civic Empowerment engaged a voter awareness and registration campaign at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Bayside (Rev. Jong Shik Lee) on September 30th, 2012. KACE received 28 new NYS voter registrations and 1 new NJ voter registration.

First, KACE explained about which positions are up for the polls this year, and the process of participating in the election. KACE also urged the importance of checking one's poll site again due to the redistricting process that occured early this year. In fact, during the September 13 Primary Election, the Korean American community and KACE ran a hotline service to guide the voters to the right poll sites. Other communities that did not have access to such services had difficulty casting their ballots or were not able to cast them at all.

To find your poll site, please visit http://us.kace.org and click on "Poll Site Locator" if you are in New York City. For those who reside outside of New York City, please click on "Voter Registration Search" and find your poll site after confirming the details of your registration.

Korean Americans in New York and New Jersey exhibit a voter turnout rate of 47%. Typical American voters have a turnout rate of 80%. Therefore the turnout rate for Korean Americans is terribly low. To escape the misnomer of "powerless minority", Korean Americans must raise their turnout rates dramatically.

The last day to register to vote in New York is October 12th and the last day to register to vote in New Jersey is October 16th. For voter registration, change of address, translation services at poll sites, please call KACE at 347-766-KACE.

Interns Yejun Hahn (Bayside HS), Yeeun Hahn (Bayside HS), Shanee Kim (Great Neck South HS), Jungsuh Kim (Harrison HS), Jin Choi (Bronx Science), Jiwon Kim (PS 32) participated in this campaign.

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