Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and The Korean-American Association of Greater New York held a voter registration campaign at the Arumdaun Church and received new 46 voter registration forms. The last day to register in order to vote on June 26th Primary is June 1st. To register to vote, visit www.kace.org and print out the registration form. The postmark cannot be stamped later than June 1st. Also you can visit KACE’s office, and fill out the registration form. KACE will hand it to the Board of Election at June 1st.

The 2012 New York State elections made it very confusing to voters than any other elections. This year, voters have to vote for both congress persons and state senators. Because of this, the voting rate may be lower than that of the previous years.

There were many instances where New York State voters in other countries did not receive enough information about the elections because the primary and the general election dates were too close to each other. The Department of Justice sued the New York State for this. As a response, New York State pulled the election date to June 26th. However, NYS Board of Elections did not update the voter data along the newly drawn district lines in time. This left State legislators little time to campaign for themselves, so the State legislature elections will be held in September as usual.

As a result, a situation has been created where two elections are unnecessarily held, and more taxpayer funds are wasted. Governor Cuomo warned that he will veto the new redistricting plans if they are biased towards or against a party in any way possible. This led the State Legislature to squander what little time they had left. The legislature accepted the Congressional lines ordered by the Federal Court, and decided on the state district lines in the last minute. Governor Cuomo had to abandon his veto because there wasn’t enough time to review the plans.

It is expected that 2012 New York State Elections will have the lowest voter turnout ever.

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