Voter Protection Program


Building on our successful and continuing efforts to encourage lawyers to engage in pro bono voter protection efforts, NAPABA is expanding its Voter Protection Program to promote non-partisan voter registration, protection and to encourage those in the Asian Pacific American community to become a poll worker.

In partnership with APIAVote, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on increasing Asian Pacific American voter engagement, NAPABA will help local Asian Pacific American bar associations and Asian Pacific American law student association implement non-partisan voter registration and protection programs in their local communities. As part of the NAPABA Voter Protection Program, we will continue to partner with leading Asian Pacific American voting rights programs to provide opportunities for lawyers and law students to engage in voter protection for limited English proficient voters at the polls. 

How to Vote 


It all starts here. Register to vote so you can participate and vote in elections. 

  • You have to be a U.S. citizen 
  • You need to be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • You must be a resident of the state you are registering in. 

Registering to vote can vary by state. To start the registration process, update or check your status or learn about absentee voting click the button to visit our partner, APIAVote.


Being an informed voter is a critical part of our democracy. Our partners at APIAVote have developed an Elections 101 guide to help others learn about the elections process and what's on your  ballot. 


Text 'APIAVOTE' to 313131 to pledge to vote and receive reminders via text! You may also sign up to receive more updates about voter registration deadlines, ballot and candidate information, as well as reminders to vote.

In partnership with APAICS, we are providing a comprehensive database of all Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders who are running for office. If you know of an AAPI candidate that is missing from the list or whose information is incorrect, please follow the instructions to update APAICS. 


Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - we'll be electing many of our elected officials, at the federal, state and local levels. 



Together with the ABA, we urge our community members to volunteer as a poll worker. Serving as a poll worker is a tremendous civic duty and integral to assuring a free and fair election this November, and lawyers are especially suited to help. With the added obstacle of a pandemic this year, finding people who are at lower health risk to assist as poll workers is even more important. States across the country are predicting a shortage of workers to serve for the November 3 General Election. Even states that vote primarily by mail recognize the particular challenge this year. This is an opportunity for lawyers, and soon-to-be lawyers, to step up and serve. Poll worker training for lawyers may be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credit.




Promotional Materials
  • Download in-language posters and stickers for National Voter Registration Day
  • Find available materials to promote voter registration in-language 

Affiliate Grant Project 

The NAPABA Affiliate Grant Program was established to support affiliates and national associates in carrying out activities to further their missions and goals. The program offers affiliates and national associates the opportunity to receive funding up to $3,000 annually for projects related to membership development and pro bono activities. Eligible projects include non-partisan civic engagement activities that focus on voter registration; voter education, including increasing access to in-language assistance and materials; election protection; poll monitoring; exit polling. Projects can be done in coordination with other established 501(c)3 programs. 


Voter Training Program | Provided by APIAVote

This national training program empowers Asian American and Pacific Islanders in their communities on best practices for voter protection and mobilization. Click the links below for more details or to register for an upcoming training program.


This program is provided in conjunction with APIAVote and the American Bar Association. Contact Development & Programs Manager, Maureen Gelwicks.  

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Ste. 510
Washington, DC 20006


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