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Voter Suppression & Asian Voter Turnout

Voting suppression is an action used to impact the result of an election by intimidating certain minority groups from casting a ballot. The objective is to control political results, and the outcome is a seriously undermined vote based system that doesn't mirror the desire of the individuals. Our vote based system works best when every qualified voter can take part and have their voices heard.

Restricting the terms and necessities of enrollment is one of the most widely recognized types of voter concealment. Seven states require voters to be present with an officially government-sanctioned photo ID to cast a ballot. More than 21 million U.S. residents don't have an official issued identification. That is because ID cards aren't generally available for everybody. The ID itself can be expensive, and in any event, when IDs are free, candidates must bring about different documents to acquire the basic archives that are expected to get an ID.

A few states limit registration by forcing individuals to enroll ahead of time of an election. For instance, New York expects voters to enlist in any event 25 days before, which forces an unnecessary difficulty to cast a ballot. By forcing voters to register before the election, it discourages individuals from enrolling. Another example is that a conviction can accompany problems including the loss of your right to cast a ballot.

Currently, more than 20 million Asian Americans live in the United States. They are the quickest developing racial group in the nation, and the population is rapidly increasing political force; it will establish about 10 percent of qualified voters by 2036. Be that as it may, Asian Americans keep on confronting boundaries to the voting station. Language hindrances and voter suppression strategies have played a significant role in voter turnout. In 2016, above 64 percent of white Americans ended up voting, while only 49 percent of qualified Asian Americans voted. This 10% rate turnout hole has existed for a considerable length of time and does not indicate shutting without intervention.

Eliminating obstacles to casting a ballot and increasing engagement among Asian Americans must be a priority for policymakers. As times are rapidly changing, society must act to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of their race or ethnicity, be able to utilize the most crucial right in our democracy, the right to vote.

Ashley Lu

Co-Founder & Executive Editor


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