On June 13th 2012, KACE visited the Senior Citizen Voters' Federation to hold a civic academy about 2012 US general elections.
The 2012 election will result in lower voting rate than past elections because the election will be divided into two: Federal primary election on June 26th and state primary election on September 13th. KACE president Dong-chan Kim emphasized that it is a good chance for minority groups to actively vote and gain support from local politicians, and that Korean-American community is in that category.
President Dong-chan Kim pointed out that the number of Korean American voters has increased in the new districts. He explained that Congressional District 6 has about 15,000 Korean-American voters with about 9700 for Democratic party.
President Dong-chan Kim said that these numbers play a large role in District 6 primary election. However, the most important issue is that only 53% of the Korean-American citizens of the area has registered to vote.
The entire residents' voting rates are over 80% but Korean-Americans' voting rates are extremely low. Many minority groups put much effort to strongly express their position by registering to vote and participating in elections but Korean-American citizens are still not exercising their rights and obligations and are living as a shadow. Korean-Americans, individually, live day by day but the greatest effort
toward our next generations is to participate in elections and registering to vote. On this basis, Korean-Americans' new generations could voice their opinions better and make be leaders of their local areas.