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On May 17th, 2013, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) presented its analysis of the New York State voter data for Korean Americans. KACE analyzed the data to figure out the current status of Korean Americans’ political capability and to get an idea of how to register more Korean Americans to vote.

This data was compiled based on the database provided by the New York State Board of Elections, in accordance with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. The database is compiled by the New York State Board of Elections on all 62 counties that make up the state of New York. This data is based on the general elections registration data, last updated in November 2012.

Through an algorithm developed by KACE, the voter data for Korean Americans was filtered by the voter’s first name, last name, names of voters at the same address, and other conditions specified in the program.

According to the data compiled by KACE, the current registration rate for Korean Americans in New York State is 53%, and the vote participation rate is 40%. (For more information, click 2012 NY Voter Data for the PDF).

KACE President Dongchan Kim stated that although the percentages of Korean American voters and vote participation is increasing, it is still too small compared to those of the mainstream society. KACE also presented its goals for the “80/80” Campaign, which will push for 80% Voter registration, and 80% participation in the Korean American community.

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