As the US Supreme Court decides whether or not to continue to force some Southern States to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (a Federal law which restricts the rights of Southern States), another racial group is claiming discrimination at the poll: Asians. Dan Klepal reported the story for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Asian American voters in Georgia had a range of problems during the 2012 presidential election, including being improperly asked to show proof of citizenship at the polls, not having access to translators or interpreters when reviewing ballots, and having their names misspelled on voter rolls.
That’s according to poll data released last week by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that surveyed more than 9,000 Asians at polling locations in 14 states — including Georgia, where 361 voters were interviewed in Suwanee, Norcross, Duluth and Doraville.
The organisation did not indicate how many of the 361 Georgia voters polled actually experienced any difficulties, but it does not appear to have been as significant as they are trying to make it seem.
Glenn Magpantay, an attorney and director of the non-profit’s Democracy Program, said the overall number of problems experienced by Asians in the four Georgia cities was relatively small, but significant all the same.
For example, voters should not be asked to produce proof of citizenship on Election Day because they already did that during the registration process, he said.
“Much of the talk about the Voting Rights Act has been about the African-American and Latino communities. None of it has been discussed with regard to the Asian community and the impact overturning it would have on that emerging demographic,” Magpantay said. “We think it’s a powerful tool to protect those rights in the future.”
Magpantay acknowledged that Georgia isn’t mandated by law to provide translators on Election Day, but said his organization has for years requested that service to make voting “accessible to all of Georgia’s voters.”
It is indeed remarkable that a naturalised citizen should need to request a translator in order to vote, considering the lengthy residency and ‘basic knowledge of English’ requirements necessary before becoming a US citizen. Note that there is no law requiring translator services to be provided, but like those from other foreign groups, Magpantay wants special treatment for his group as well. In addition, some of the group’s complaints seem trivial, such as some individuals having their names misspelled, which is something that could happen to anyone regardless of their national origin. It appears that this group may simply be looking for something to complain about.
“The growth of the Asian American population is undeniable,” he said. “We are drafting a complaint letter to officials in Gwinnett County and Duluth. We’re going to work with legislators to fix some of those problems.”
Georgia does have a large and growing non-White population due to the US Federal Government’s anti-White policy of demographic replacement. As of 2011, Georgia was 63.2 per cent White, down from 65.1 per cent in 2000; Asians accounted for 3.4 per cent of the State’s population, up from 2.1 per cent in 2000. In Gwinnett County, Asians accounted for 10.8 per cent of the population in 2011, up from 7.2 per cent in 2000.
The poll data also shows Asian American voters leaned heavily toward the Democratic Party in 2012, overwhelmingly voting for Barack Obama.
And that’s a notable shift, said Kim Reimann, a political science professor and director of the Asian Studies Center at Georgia State University. Nationally, she said, Asian Americans have been more closely associated with the Republican Party.
“That could be because there were a lot of younger voters and a lot of first-time voters,” Reimann said. “I think that shows efforts in the communities to get out the vote were very successful.”
When combined with black and Hispanic voters, Asians may in the future influence the makeup of the Georgia legislature, which is currently dominated by Republicans. Despite Republican pandering to non-Whites and widespread GOP support of amnesty for illegal immigrants at the Federal level, most immigrants still do not view the Republican Party in a positive light.
Wooi Yin, a Cobb County resident who volunteered to poll Asians in Doraville, said she distributed the polling forms to people in Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and English. Asian Indians were the other major demographic surveyed in the poll.
Yin said many of the people she interviewed switched from Republican to Democrat in 2012 because of the immigration issue.
“Most Asians … know someone who is undocumented, so immigration policy plays a very big role in their daily lives,” Yin said. “They are for comprehensive immigration. … And the Republicans are not reaching out to them.”
Notice here how ‘comprehensive immigration’ means amnesty and ‘reaching out’ means in this case adopting a pro-amnesty policy of demographically replacing native Georgians.
Note: A reader sent in the following question: ‘Do these Asians push for non-Asian amnesty in Asian countries?’
That’s an excellent question. I seriously doubt it. How many Vietnamese-Americans wants to see Vietnam with a minority Vietnamese population? And yet they have no problem advancing a policy which will make Georgians a minority in Georgia and Southerners a minority in the South.