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Voter Protection Program

  • Affiliate Grant Program: Host a Voter Protection Training

  • APA Voter Protection Organizations & Resources

  • Past Events


Affiliate Grant Program: Host a Voter Protection Training

NAPABA affiliates interested in hosting a voter protection training in their community may apply for an Affiliate Grant to help cover costs associated with the training. Through this program affiliates will have the opportunity to partner with advocacy organizations such as AALDEF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates (AAJC, ALC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles) to help provide technical assistance.

See below for more information about programs these advocacy organizations provide.


Apply for an Affiliate Grant HERE.


Voter Protection Resources

American Bar Association (ABA)

The American Bar Association provides information on confirming an individual's voter registration status, registering to vote, voter ID requirements, state laws regarding time off to vote, resources for lawyers and the community, and how to get involved in our election process. 

  • Will Your Voice Be Heard?
    The ABA has developed a “Will Your Voice be Heard on Election Day?” card to help promote civic participation which can be customized to distribute to clients and the community.  
    • View and print the card HERE.
  • All You Need to Know About Voting and Election Day
    Learn about what you need to do in your state or territory to register to vote, vote on Election Day, or volunteer at the polls.
    • Use the ABA's interactive map HERE.
  • Election Law Resources 
    The ABA provides programming, publications, and other resources for lawyers, judges, educators, and students.
    • View resources HERE.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

  • Annual Asian American Election Protection Project
    A hallmark of AALDEF voting rights work is its Annual Asian American Election Protection Project, which consists of a multilingual voter survey and poll monitoring efforts. The voter survey and poll monitoring are conducted each year, are national in scope and mobilize thousands of trained volunteers from law firms, law schools, and community groups.
    • States operating in: CA, DC, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NM, NV, NY, PA, TX, VA
    • NAPABA is sponsoring these efforts and their CLE program.
    • Download their flier & sign up form or fill it out online.
    • Learn more about AALDEF's program HERE.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, ALC, Atlanta, Chicago, & Los Angeles

The affiliates of Asian Americans Advancing Justice are engaged in voter protection and voter engagement work throughout the country to ensure Asian Pacific Americans, including those with limited English proficiency, have access to the ballot. Efforts include litigation, election site monitoring, and the creation of a national telephone hotline.

  • States operating in: CA, DC, GA, IL

  • View affiliate resources and programs

    • Advancing Justice – Chicago
      • Voting Rights Project
        Advancing Justice-Chicago works with community leaders to ensure that local election officials provide effective written and oral language assistance in certain Asian languages as required by Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act.
        • Learn more about their work HERE.
        • View their Voting Rights Resource page HERE.
      • Get Out the Vote
        A seasonal campaign conducted with partner organizations and community members to adequately prepare the community for an upcoming election.
        • Learn more about this campaign HERE.
    • AAJC (Washington, DC)
      • Language Rights in Voting 
        • Learn about and view resources on Section 208 and Section 203 HERE.
      • 1-888-API-Vote: Call for in-language help on Election Day
        On Election Day, AAJC and APIA Vote will be administering a national Asian-language Election Protection hotline, 1-888-API-VOTE or 1-888-274-8683. 
        • Learn more about the hotline HERE.
    • ALC (San Francisco) 
      • Voting Rights Act Poll Monitoring
        ALC  works with national and local organizations to monitor elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act.
        • Learn more about their work HERE.
    • Los Angeles
      • Your Vote Matters! Campaign
        Through multilingual phone calling, mailers, and media outreach, Your Vote Matters reaches voters in 12 different languages and from nine ethnicities in Southern California: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, South Asian, Thai, and Vietnamese. 
        • Learn more about the campaign HERE.
      • Voter's Edge Ballot Guide
        Provides unbiased, in-depth information on candidates and ballot measures down to the local level – as well as information on how candidates are funded.
        • Learn more about the guide HERE.
      • Tools to Address Language Barriers Faced by Voters
        Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has a toolkit on voting assistance resources which address the following (1) the ability to register to vote online in Asian languages, (2) additional language assistance at the polls, and (3) the ability of lawful permanent residents to be poll workers.
        • View the toolkit HERE.
    • Atlanta
      • Voter Resources
        To provide greater access to vote as well as the inspire voter turn out at the polls, Advancing Justice – Atlanta has compiled in-language resources.
        • View the resources HERE.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote provides in-language resources on registering to vote, voter participation, state specific Election Day information, and a bilingual voter hotline.

  • States operating in: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, LA, MA, MI, MN, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI

  • How to Vote

    • Registering to vote can be different in various states. Learn about the process and state specific deadlines and requirements through APIAVote's interactive map HERE.
  • Elections 101
    Being an informed voter is a critical part of our democracy. Use the Elections 101 guide to learn about the elections process, how to learn about what's on your ballot, and more.
    • View the Guide HERE.
  • Vote
    Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016—we’ll be electing not just our next President, but many of our elected officials, at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Voter Hotline 
    Have questions or need help voting? Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683). Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

Past Events

2016 Presidential Election Forum | August 12 | Las Vegas


Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and the Asian American Journalists Association co-hosted the 2016 Presidential Election Forum and NAPABA joined as a National Partner

  • What is the Election Forum?
    Since 2008, the Presidential Election Forum has served as a non-partisan forum for Asian Pacific Americans to discuss issues relevant to our communities and ensure that our concerns are addressed and by campaigns and the media. By giving presidential candidates a forum to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the Election Forum has become one of the few spaces that allows candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs
  • Read an article about the event HERE.

Voter Protection Training (CLE) | August 13 | Las Vegas

As part of the 2016 Presidential Election Forum community programming, NAPABA held a CLE on non-partisan voter protection and poll monitoring. Participants will learn from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice about how they can monitor elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, including ensuring language access and how to prepare other attorneys to engage in voter protection work. The CLE is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Time: 2-5p.m.

  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Download CLE materials HERE.