San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
UPDATE: Due to inclimate recent weather, AALDEF's Exit Poll Results Presentation has been postponed. It will be rescheduled to either April or June 2017. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
On November 8, 2016, over 950 AALDEF volunteers surveyed close to 14,000 Asian American voters, in 11 Asian languages, at 91 poll sites in 14 states – California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia – and Washington, DC about their voting encounters in the nation’s largest nonpartisan multilingual exit poll. Poll sites were selected based on voter registration files, census data, interviews with local election officials and community leaders, and a history of voting problems. Approximately 950 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers were stationed at poll sites throughout the day, generally between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Surveys were written in English and 11 Asian languages, and volunteers were conversant in Asian languages and dialects. The Asian American Exit Poll provides critical information about the Asian American electorate, including limited English proficiency rates, lack of language assistance, and other barriers, such as voters being required to prove their citizenship, remove their religious headscarves, or provide ID because of their race or appearance.The exit poll reveals vital information about Asian American voting patterns that is often overlooked in mainstream voter surveys.
At this presentation comparative information will be given about the Asian American vote in the Presidential election, concerns about key issues, first-time voters, and profiles of the Asian American vote by ethnicity, nativity, party enrollment, age, and English proficiency.
Jerry Vattamala, Program Director, Democracy Program
Jerry Vattamala is Program Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the nationally-recognized expert on Asian American voting issues. Jerry has been a leader in organizing the Asian American community for New York State’s redistricting -- the once-in-a-decade redrawing of political lines. He collaborated with voting rights experts in the black and Latino communities to create the Unity Map, a joint redistricting proposal that made significant advances toward achieving fair representation for the city’s communities of color. Jerry also served as AALDEF’s lead attorney on New York’s Favors v. Cuomo federal redistricting litigation. As a result of his advocacy, the number of Asian American majority senate and assembly districts both increased in New York, and for the first time there is a New York Congressional district that is 40% Asian American. Jerry has also testified on behalf of the Asian American community at redistricting hearings throughout the Northeast, and observed elections for compliance with state and federal voting laws across the country. He is regularly invited to make television and radio appearances, including NPR and New York One, and to speak on voting rights panels, including at Harvard Law School, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, among others. Jerry has submitted numerous briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Asian American community on recent voting rights cases including Shelby County v. Holder and Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Jerry litigates cases concerning violations of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act and regularly meets with Boards of Elections across the country to ensure full compliance with federal and local language assistance provisions and the Help America Vote Act. Prior to joining AALDEF, Jerry worked as a commercial litigator at Proskauer Rose LLP. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law.
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