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The entrance of the poll site in question; the signs were put up haphazardly only upon request from some of the voters.

Nassau County is one of the areas with ever-growing Korean American population. During the past general election in November 2015, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) filed a complaint to the Nassau County Board of Elections on behalf of Korean American voters who encountered unprofessional behavior at one of the poll sites, and has received an official response.

The poll site called into question was located in Great Neck. Voters experienced difficulty casting their vote due to poor poll site preparation and inadequate volunteer training. One Korean American voter was asked multiple times if she was a U.S. citizen by a poll worker, and was asked to show her ID, which reflected the poll worker’s discriminatory intention based on her race. Another Korean American voter was denied a new blank ballot after making a mistake on his first one by the same poll worker. The poll site also displayed inept preparation, for there were no signs and posters to indicate the entrance of the poll site. Some booths were not equipped with pens, magnifiers, or adequate lighting.

Korean American Civic Empowerment filed the complaints listed above to the Nassau County Board of Elections and urged it to take preventive measures so that such violations do not occur again.

Nassau County Board of Elections issued an official apology to the voters who encountered difficulties at the poll site, and gave a warning to the poll worker who was responsible. It also promised to intensify its training of the poll site volunteers prior to the election so that such complaints will not arise again, and assured that any poll site worker who does not complete the training or violate the policies once more will be removed from the poll site.

Korean American Civic Empowerment plans to closely monitor the poll sites located in Nassau County, where we expect many problems to arise for Korean American voters due to voter assistance services that will likely fall behind the rapid growth of the Korean American population.

Official letter from the Nassau County Board of Elections

Official letter from the Nassau County Board of Elections

 

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