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On May 4th, 2013, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) held its voter registration and civic participation drive at the H-Mart in Ridgefield, New Jersey.

This drive marked the first time where interns for KACE’s 2013 Grassroots Internship Program participated in a voter registration/outreach event. Here are some of the interns’ comments:

Soyoung Park – “After today’s drive, I realized that not many people are actually aware of the electoral process.”

Miji Park – “I learned that many Korean Americans are still unaware of voter registration and elections in the United States. I also learned how to gather people and explain the importance of civic participation to them.”

Yoon Jeon Kim – “Although many people shunned us, I really liked this experience.”

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From Left: Interns Miji Park (Old Tappan HS), Soyoung Park (Old Tappan HS), Yoon Jeon Kim (Old Tappan HS), Jiyong Kim (Bergen Tech)

To increase awareness, KACE distributes pamphlets on elections, address changes, vote-by-mail ballots, and the civic process in the United States.

Those who are over 18 years of age and are American citizens can register to vote, 21 days before an election at the latest. Voter registration needs to be completed only once. However, if one has moved in the past four years, an address change must be reported.

A voter complained that not enough information was being circulated about upcoming elections and candidates. KACE provides assistance through its hotline (347-766-KACE / 201-488-4201).

KACE collected fourteen voter registration and vote-by-mail applications, and distributed about 130 pamphlets.

KOREAN AMERICAN CIVIC EMPOWERMENT
NEW YORK OFFICE: 163-10 NORTHERN BLVD. #307 FLUSHING, NY 11358 TEL: (718) 961-4117 FAX: (718) 961-4603
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