From left: President Dongchan Kim, Coordinators Sungkwan Jang & Karin Yoo, Director Wonseok Song (Credit: Reporter Jinsoo Lee, Korea Times)

From left: President Dongchan Kim, Coordinators Sungkwan Jang & Karin Yoo, Director Wonseok Song (Credit: Reporter Jinsoo Lee, Korea Times)

On October 14th, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) hosted a press conference in Hackensack, NJ to present its annual analysis of the New Jersey Korean American Voter Data and 2014 NJ Election Guide.

The data on the Korean American voters’ demographics were based on the database provided by the New Jersey Divison of Elections, as updated in August, 2014. Through an algorithm developed by KACE, the complied data were analyzed by the county, party affiliation, age, and congressional and state assembly districts. According to this year’s analysis, there are 5,535 more Korean American voters registered this year, compared to last year’s data. Though, the Korean American community’s registration rate of 44.8% and turnout rate of 21% are considerably lower than their statewide counterparts (61% and 39.4%, respectively) and thus, KACE encourages all Korean American voters to cast their vote on the upcoming general elections in November 4th. A barometer of Korean American’s civic engagement, the Korean American Voter Data Analysis has been published annaully by KACE since 1996 in Korean American-heavy areas in New York and New Jersey. (To download the 2014 NJ Korean American Voter Data Analysis, click here. Available in Korean only.)

Further announced today was the 2014 NJ Voters Guide, similarly published every year to help Korean American voters be better informed of the elections and candidates. This 40-page booklet features detailed information on KACE, voter registration, mail-by-vote ballot, poll site location and hours, and all candidates (including the House of Representatives, Senate, Bergen and Passaic Counties, Mayors, City Councils, and Board of Education) in Korean. (To download the 2014 NJ Election Guide, click here. Available in Korean only.)

Moreover, KACE operates Election Hotline to assist Korean American voters with all and any concerns and complaints that may arise at poll sites. The Hotline can be reached at 347-766-5223 and will be open from 6AM through 8PM on the Election Day.

For more information, please contact KACE at 718) 961-447 (NY), or 201) 488-4201 (NJ).

KOREAN AMERICAN CIVIC EMPOWERMENT
NEW YORK OFFICE: 163-10 NORTHERN BLVD. #307 FLUSHING, NY 11358 TEL: (718) 961-4117 FAX: (718) 961-4603
NEW JERSEY OFFICE: 185 BRIDGE PLAZA N SUITE 306 FORT LEE, NJ 07024 TEL: (201) 488-4201