Voting Made Easy– In Seven Languages
New citizens and others whose primary language is Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog or Vietnamese will find everything they need to be active voters on the Secretary of State’s “New Voters” page, at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/new-voter/. Secretary of State Debra Bowen is asking businesses, chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, health care clinics and agencies that serve the communities where these languages are spoken to join her in spreading the word about this valuable new resource in one or more of the following ways:
May 4, 2011
Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to present the latest installment in our series of voter turnout reports:
Beyond the official state-by-state turnout rankings, this report details key voting trends such as the wide gap in youth turnout, the rise in , and the continued growth of the Latino electorate. It also includes ideas for streamlining and improving voter registration practices.
In 2010, voter turnout dropped off steeply from the 2008 presidential election but was slightly higher than in 2006. Other key points:
- 42 million fewer voters cast ballots in the 2010 midterm than in the 2008 presidential election.
- Maine overtook Minnesota as the number one state in voter turnout–Minnesota had been first in turnout in the last seven national elections–while, Texas finished last.
- was ten points higher in the nine states with . Two of the newest states to adopt Election Day Registration are Iowa (2008) and Montana (2006).
- Early voting by mail and in-person continues to rise. An estimated 27-29% of voters cast ballots early in 2010, well above the 19% who voted early in 2006.
Want to know more? Download a copy of America Goes to the Polls 2010 and visit our voter turnout section to learn more.
March 6th, 2011
FOR THE MARCH 8, 2011 PRIMARY NOMINATING ELECTION
Los Angeles (March 3, 2011) City Clerk June Lagmay reminds voters that the location of your polling place for the March 8, 2011, City of Los Angeles Primary Nominating and Consolidated Elections can be found on the back cover of your Official Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet. In addition, the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division has mailed postcards to those voters whose polling places have changed since receiving their Official Sample Ballot. Below are examples of the Official Sample Ballot and the change of voting location postcards.
For further information or assistance, please contact the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division at (213) 978-0444 or toll-free at (888) 873-1000, or visit the Election Division website at: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/.
The Office of the City Clerk – Election Division administers elections for the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District. The City’s upcoming elections will be held March 8, 2011 and May 17, 2011. More information can be found on the City Election Division’s website at: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/.
February 14th, 2011 at 12:38 am
FILVOTE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE FOCUSES ON FIVE KEY AREAS IN CERRITOS ON FEB 12 AND 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FILVOTE will be conducting voter registration drives across the City of Cerritos and Los Angeles on two Saturdays, February 12 and February 19 from 10AM-5PM. Student and youth volunteers will work in partnership with FILVOTE in implementing the voter registration drives. The goal is to register 400 new voters. The voter registration drives will be located at:
1. Goldilocks,11489 South Street, Cerritos, CA 90703
2. Lucille/Panera, 11300 South Street, Cerritos, CA 90703
3. Cerritos Towne Center located on southeast corner of Artesia Blvd. and Bloomfield Ave. south of highway 91
4. Cerritos Regional Park, 19800 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703
5. Farmers Market, at Cerritos Towne Center located on southeast corner of Artesia Blvd. and Bloomfield Ave. south of highway 91 One youth volunteer on FILVOTE says, “The vital role of the youth to inspire and facilitate change is apparent in human history. Just look at Egypt, Tunisia, and not too long ago the Philippines. The youth of America can reshape our domestic future, too. All steps start with civic engagement. FILVOTE is our tool to speak one voice.” Together with youth volunteers, FILVOTE’s motto is “Think. Serve. Believe. Repeat.” and is focused on harnessing Filipino American idealism toward political engagement. FILVOTE will launch local drives to register eligible voters in various cities across the county where Filipino Americans are concentrated. FILVOTE’s objective is to register 15,000 new voters in LA County by October 2012. To be eligible to register to vote in California, one must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of California, at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election), and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. Volunteers and supporters are encouraged to contact FILVOTE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted On Feb. 8, 2011
AUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE OFFICIAL SAMPLE BALLOT
AND VOTER INFORMATION PAMPHLET ARE AVAILABLE
2011 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
LOS ANGELES (February 7, 2011) — City Clerk June Lagmay reminds voters that the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division produces and provides audio recordings of the Official Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for visually-impaired voters and any interested individuals. The recordings are available in both cassette and compact disc (CD) format. The City’s Municipal Primary Nominating Election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday March 8, 2011.
The audio recordings are available at the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division, located at 555 Ramirez Street, Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012. If you would like to obtain an audio recording, please call our office in advance with your request. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (213) 978-0444.
The audio recordings may be also checked out from the Social Science Department of the Los Angeles Central Library or from the Braille Institute of Los Angeles.
The audio recordings are available in English and the six federally-mandated languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
The Office of the City Clerk – Election Division administers elections for the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District. The City’s 2011 Municipal Elections will be held March 8, 2011 and May 17, 2011. More information can be found on the City Election
150 YEARS Since His Birth, Rizal’s Dream Lives On; FILIPINO AMERICAN Communities in L.A. County Launch Effort for Political POWER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A broad range of community leaders, educators, nonprofit health providers, students and community members mark the 114th death anniversary and 150th birth anniversary of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal with the launching of a voter registration drive in Cerritos, Artesia and other parts of Los Angeles County. Led by FILVOTE, the nonpartisan voter engagement project that Filipino American Service Group, Inc (FASGI) first formed in 1996, the aim is to lay the groundwork for broad community engagement and participation in the 2012 election. Dr. Rizal was martyred on Dec. 30, 1896, leading to the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonial rule; he was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines.
“Dr. Rizal remains an enduring example of what the individual Filipino can do to pave the way for political empowerment,” says Susan E. Dilkes, Executive Director of FASGI. “In the U.S., and 150 years later, we can unite in his name to win the battle within ourselves for community solidarity and civic engagement. This is our charge, adults and youth, alike, and a battle we can win so long as we work together.”
Through his writings, particularly his novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, Rizal became one of the Philippine’s inspiration for independence from Spanish rule. Rizal was the founder of La Liga Filipina, a civic organization that subsequently gave birth to the Katipunan led by Andrés Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. He was a proponent of institutional reforms by peaceful means rather than by violent revolution. Imprisoned in Fort Santiago and tried by a military court, Rizal was convicted of rebellion and shot at Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) at 7:03 a.m. on Dec. 30, 1896. Two years after his execution, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo issued on Dec. 20, 1898 a decree designating Dec. 30 as the death anniversary of Rizal’s death. Philippine scholars attribute Rizal’s martyred death as the catalyst that led to the Philippine Revolution. On Dec. 30, 1898, Filipinos celebrated Rizal Day for the first time and chose Club Filipino in Manila as venue. His work is widely taught in public and private schools in and outside the Philippines.
“FILVOTE is focused on building political significance and influence for the ordinary Filipino American, a long-deferred dream,” says R. Bong Vergara, volunteer Program Director for FILVOTE. “Composed of pressed sailors escaping forced work in the Spanish galleons, the earliest Filipino Americans settled in Saint Malo, Louisiana and Manila Village in Barataria Bay in 1763. A decade into the 21st century, Filipino Americans are, without any doubt, well integrated into the fabric of U.S. society; now to turn this integration into political power. The Filipino youth, whom Dr. Rizal valued so much, is vital in making this dream come true.”
Together with youth volunteers, FILVOTE’s motto is “Think. Serve. Believe. Repeat.” and is focused on harnessing Filipino American idealism toward political engagement. FILVOTE will launch local drives to register eligible voters in various cities across the county where Filipino Americans are concentrated. FILVOTE’s objective is to register 15,000 new voters in LA County by October 2011. To be eligible to register to vote in California, one must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of California, at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election), and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
Volunteers and supporters are encouraged to contact FILVOTE at email@example.com.
About FILVOTE: FILVOTE is FASGI’s non-partisan voter engagement project whose mission is to unite Filipino Americans across ideological, religious, and class differences toward gaining genuine political power in the U.S. Since its creation in 1996, FILVOTE has registered over 25,000 Filipino American voters in LA County, held multiple candidate fora and conducted voter behavior research. In 2008, FASGI partnered with ABS-CBN in airing FILVOTE video PSAs to turn-out Filipino American voters nationwide. Find out more at http://filvote.net.