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Getting out the Vote

With the U.S. elections just around the corner, political campaigns have shifted into the stage known as "getting out the vote" (GOTV).

The political parties and labor unions are also getting into the act by walking door to door and making calls urging people cast their ballots on November 7.

In many ways, the last days before the election are the most critical of any campaign. The United States traditionally has a shamefully low voter turnout. Many people just don't go to the polls if they're too tired or if it's snowing or raining outside.

Because many people don't take their vote as seriously as they should, GOTV is particularly important for the success of any candidate or ballot measure.

The upcoming elections are arguably one of the most important in the history of Asian Pacific Americans. The 80-20 political action committee, for example, was formed with the purpose of building up an Asian bloc vote.

This hasn't been easy. The organization has come under fire especially from Asian Republicans.

There is also a large and vocal group of APAs supporting the Green Party. Many of these people are former Democrats who don't like the conservative swing in the Democratic Party.

The ability to deliver a bloc vote would be great, but we also have to deal with reality. The fact is that the more APAs that vote and become active, the more clout we will have regardless if this comes in the form of a bloc vote or not.

So regardless of what party one belongs to, if one belongs to a party at all, the need is to activate the community to vote.

That means everyone putting at least a little effort to make sure their people go to the polls and vote.

The opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans to make significant progress is there, and it should not be wasted. We can act now, or complain later.  


 



Headlines

Central Asia

China shows purported
Panchen Lama pictures
(World Tibet News)

Playing the Uighur
card
(Times of Central Asia)

East Asia

Mori hails Khatami's
efforts for reform
(Japan Times)

Medical students continue
to boycott classes
(Korea Herald)

Pacific Islands

Forum to call
for peace in
West Papua
(Coconet Wireless)

El Nino warning
for Pacific countries
(Saipan Tribune)

South Asia

Pakistan will not
default on debts:
Foreign Office
(Dawn)

Poll panel told
to advertise candidates'
dark side
(Times of India)

Southeast Asia

Senate won't stop
jueteng probe
(PDI)

Death toll rises
to 43 in
Central Java landslides
(Jakarta Post)



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