Registering Voters in Chinatown
From Sing Tao Daily
August 24th, 2003

To attract more eligible Chinese Americans to register to vote in this year’s city council race, the Chinatown Voter Education Alliance is now carrying out a voter registration drive. Yesterday the Alliance set up a stall on the sidewalk between Canal and Mott Streets to register new voters.

Early in the morning, Liu Qi-Bang, president of the Alliance, was alone at the above mentioned place to assist qualified voters to register, and to answer election-related questions raised by people stopping by.

According to Liu, people did not respond eagerly to yesterday’s voter registration, but there were quite a number of registered voters raising questions. This shows more and more Chinese Americans are now registered voters, and the Alliance’s next step is to encourage them to turn out to vote on election day.

Liu said that the Chinatown Voter Education Alliance will conduct voter registration at the same place every Saturday until October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. But it will be suspended for Labor Day’s long weekend.

The New York City Board of Elections will give out candidate information pamphlets in early September. He estimated that at that time many voters would have questions about elections, so on September 6th the Alliance will be setting up a stall in the same place to help.

This year New York City will have City Council elections. The primary election will be held in early September, and the general election will be in November. Those who intend to vote on election day must register to vote as soon as possible.
Besides helping qualified citizens to register, the Chinatown Voter Education Alliance also assists those who have just recently moved to New York City and those who want to change their party in voter re-registration.

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Translated from Chinese by Michael Huang

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