On June 5th, KACE conducted an exit poll research about election service in Korean at two places in Fort Lee and two places in Palisades Park outside of the poll sites.

Exit poll research provides the only chance to survey the voters’ opinions. KACE researched Korean-American voters’ voting tendency, to improve Korean election service and guarantee Korean-American voters’ vote, and surveyed the voting rate of Korean-American voters.

This exit poll by KACE was the first to research the voting rate of Korean-Americans in New Jersey. There are 1341 registered Korean-American voters in 4 poll sites. However, only 320 voters voted for the primary election. Korean-Americans voters were expected to have higher participation due to intense competition of the 9th Congressional District candidates. However, four poll sites had an average of 24% voting rate.  Through the exit poll research, KACE found that we need more voting participation of Korean-Americans and especially that of young Korean-Americans.

 

 

Fort Lee

Palisades Park

Total

 

School #1

Recreation Center

Lindberg School

Senior Center

 

Total Korean-American Voters

66

283

638

354

1341

Voted in June 5th

16

116

104

84

320

Korean-American Voting Rate

24%

41%

16%

24%

24%

 

Despite the regulation that states exit polls cannot be conducted within 100 feet of the poll site, and the surveillance we were subject to by poll workers, KACE was able to engage 149 voters for their opinions. The results will be used by KACE to further enhance Korean language services in local elections.

 

Through this exit poll and the election hotline, KACE was able to find many problems with the Korean service. At Lindberg School in Palisades Park, for example, several poll sites were located inside one building, so voters had difficulty in trying to find the right poll site to enter. The situation was further exacerbated by the lack of signs and posters that would have acted as guides on the exterior walls of the school. There were inaccurate Korean translation on the ballots as well, and many Korean Americans expressed difficulty in voting. At the Palisades Park Library, Spanish and Korean election signs were mixed up and placed irregularly, showing disinterest in non-English language services. There were several poll sites without Korean-speaking poll workers; many Koreans need to volunteer to fill in these gaps for the upcoming general election.

On this day, KACE conducted exit poll research with about 30 student and adult volunteers from 6 AM to 8 PM. KACE conducted training workshop on June 1st with these volunteers.  

KACE, students from the Bergen Community College Korean Student Association, and other volunteers conducted exit polls from 6AM to 8PM. KACE conducted a volunteer training workshop for them on June 1st.

KOREAN AMERICAN CIVIC EMPOWERMENT
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