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AAPI Miami-Dade County Early Voting Day – 10/29/2016 at North Miami Public Library –
835 NE 132 Street, North Miami.

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[Miami, Florida – October 24, 2016] With less than 20 days remaining prior to the November 8th General Elections, the non-partisan grassroots “2016 Election” campaign of the Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) South Region and NANAY CEDC urges thousands of registered Asian-American citizens to make a historic impact on the Fall election cycle.

The 3 ways to cast your vote for this Election are: Vote by Mail, Early Voting, or vote on the General Election Day, 11/8/2016.

Miami-Dade County Early Voting starts today, 10/24/2016, and runs through 11/06, from 7 am – 7 pm, voters may visit one of 30 Early Voting sites to cast their votes.

“We are taking this Early Voting opportunity to have a united impact on the 2016 Election to designate 10/29/2016 as Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Miami-Dade County Early Voting Day at a designated poll site:  North Miami Public Library,” says Winnie Tang, President of NANAY CEDC and Coordinator of AAFF South Region.  “We are partnering with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) to conduct an Asian American Exit Poll to document Asian American voting patterns in Miami-Dade County, and we encourage Miami-Dade County Asian American voters to get out the votes specifically on 10/29 at North Miami Public Library.”

“Politics impacts the life of every family regardless of race, religion, or national origin.  Political decisions are made with or without a citizen’s participation,” states Josephine Gordy, Member of Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board. “Asian-Americans have a choice to be involved and choose leaders who can make these important decisions.”

“Each day, elected officials make decisions on major issues such as education, healthcare coverage, transportation infrastructure, housing development, regardless of a citizen’s decision to vote,” says Evelyn Bruce, Deputy Coordinator of AAFF South Region. “It is our right to vote so we may choose elected officials to represent our issues.”

The deadline to request for an absentee ballot is Wednesday, November 2 at 5pm.  Early Voting continues until November 6 (at various times and convenient locations), and Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8th, 7am – 7pm.

For more information, please visit:  http://yourvoteflorida.com/

“To help Asian Americans vote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIAVote will be running an Asian-language Election Protection hotline, 1-888-API-VOTE (274-8683), now and on Election Day for all Florida and nationwide Asian American voters,” says Christine Hwang, Field Fellow of APIAVote.  “The hotline will be live from 7:00am – 7:00pm on Monday, November 3, and from 5:30am – 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 8.  They will provide assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.”

“Although Asian American Voters comprise almost 2% of 12 million total voters in Florida, the AAPI vote represents a 2.5% margin of victory,” Winnie Tang.  “As a result, any increased participation from Asian Americans could have a transformational impact on Florida election.”

For more information, please contact Winnie Tang at 305-753-8791 | winnievhtang@aol.com or Christine Hwang at 305-815-3750 | florida@apiavote.com.

NANAY CEDC | Founded in 2003 and an affiliate of NANAY | Empower families thru civic engagement, housing and supportive services. |

NANAY Community Center | 659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161 | 305-981-3232 | F:  305-981-3231 | NANAYCEDC@aol.com |

AAFF South Region is one of 5 regions of Asian American Federation of Florida to foster unity and empowerment thru civic engagement, community education forums and cultural events. | Mailing Address:  659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161 | AAFF1984@aol.com |

APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. | www.apiavote.org |

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.  By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDeF works with Asian American communities for all. | www.aaldef.com |

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) will run a National Asian-language Election Protection Hotline all day Election Day. Volunteers will be available to assist in Bengali/Bangla, Cantonese, Korean, Hindi/Urdu, Mandarin, Tagalog and Vietnamese from 7 a.m. until midnight EST on November 4, 2014.  We’re here to make sure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot tomorrow. Call 1-888-274-8683 or 1-888-API-VOTE.

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