APIAVote offers free training, seeks paid poll watchers for November elections

by PDM STAFF

Participants at last year’s APIAVote training. | Photo Asian American Pacific Islander

NEW YORK – The Norman Mineta Leadership Institute (NYMLI) of the Asian and Pacific Island American Vote (APIAVote) is hosting a series of virtual training on Zoom until October 1. This year’s trainings are sponsored by Glen S. Fukushima, a member of the Board of Directors.

Key trainings include everything from voter registration, combating disinformation to early voting to ensure the AAPI community is ready for the November elections and beyond. All trainings are free and open to the public.

The first event, “Let’s Get Out The Vote: Voter Registration Training” kicks off Sept. 3 at 3 PM. Succeeding events are to be held every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) :

Sept. 8 - More Power Than You Think: Surprising Ways to Volunteer Your Time
Sept. 10- A Call To Action: Phone Banking 101
Sept. 15- Get Your Facts Straight: Fighting Disinformation Online
Sept. 24- Know Your Scope: Understanding 501(c) Compliance and Best Practices for Voter Education
Sept. 29- Preparing for the Polls: The Importance of Election Protection and Other Ways You can Get Involved
Oct.  1-  Early Voting Plan: Knowing Your Early Voting Options

Last year, over 50 trainings were organized. For registration information, visit APIAVote Website here.

The NYMLI is a national training program that empowers Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in their communities. It was launched in October 2006 in honor of Secretary Mineta’s lifetime achievements in exemplifying and promoting civic participation and public service.

APIAVote is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. APIAVote envisions a society in which all AAPIs fully participate in and have access to the democratic process.

According to APIAVote’s Website, one focus of these trainings is to increase the leadership and organizing capacity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community by equipping leaders with the tools necessary to engage AAPI communities in successful electoral campaigns. The Norman Y. Mineta Institute trains participants on the foundations of non-partisan electoral campaigns, leadership skills needed to be a well rounded civic leader as well as provides participants with strategies specific to working with AAPI communities, fulfilling an unmet need in their communities.

Also, due to COVID19 pandemic, the APIAVote is facing a shortage of election poll workers across the country. Less poll workers will mean less polling plaes, confused voters, and longer lines to vote. APIAVote needs to ensure these do not happen and that our communities are given a fair and equal chance to vote.

APIAVote has partnered with Power the Polls to recruit 250,000 poll workers to serve at the polls for early voting and election day. APIAVote said it must do everything to protect polling sites for early voting and voting on Election Day. Poll workers are provided PPE, trained, and (in many communities) are paid.

Click here and sign up today to become a poll worker in your community.

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