On November 7, 2017, Election Day, KACE assisted 36 voters in NY and NJ through our Voter Hotline.

The inquiries submitted and resolved through the Hotline today revolved around registration status and poll site location unlike the recent elections. “Judging by the different pattern of questions today, it seems as though there was a small spike of first-time voters, as well as those turning out for the first time in a few years,” said President Dongchan Kim. “Off-year elections especially see a drastic drop in turn-out rates across the country. Despite this trend, we are optimistic to see a slight increase in participation by Korean American voters this year compared to 2015.” KACE is poised to publish its annual analysis on Korean American voters, as soon as the 2017 General Election data is available next spring.

In addition, one question that stood out today was on New York State Ballot Proposal 1: Constitutional Convention. Upon speaking with KACE staff over the Hotline, an anonymous constituent from Whitestone expressed her thanks, adding that “this was maybe the only place I could ask questions. The wording and concept of these ballot proposals were too difficult.”

KACE Voter Hotline is open year-round to accommodate all inquiries on voting and elections: (347) 766-5223

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