Issued August 26, 2016
Las Vegas, NV — iAmerica/iAPIA will host voting simulations at locations that will be early voting sites in areas where there is high Asian and Latino traffic. Voters, shoppers and anyone who is interested will get a chance to practice casting ballots and have voting questions answered.
Clark County's Election Department will run the events and iAmerica/iAPIA and partner organizations such as Mi Familia Vota will work on familiarizing people with the voting process and machines.
Voter simulations will be held this weekend at:
• Friday, August 26
3890 South Maryland Parkway
• Saturday, August 27
4255 Spring Mountain Road
• Monday, August 29
Asian Cultural Center
928 South Valley View Blvd
Many Chinese, Filipino, other Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and Latino voters might be unfamiliar with the machines and don't feel comfortable if they have never used the machines or don't read English. In the Silver State, there are 177,000 eligible AAPI voters for 2016 – about 9 percent of the voting population; Latinos make up 28 percent of Nevada’s population and 17 percent of its eligible voters.
The simulation will allow the voter to familiarize him or herself with the sample ballot so they will be able to vote confidently at the polls.
For the first time in history, Asians, Latinos, immigrants and other minority groups will make up almost one third of the electorate this November. AAPI and Latino voters are key to winning several battleground states including Nevada, Colorado and Virginia.
SEIU is the largest union of Latino, AAPI and immigrant workers in the country and intends to mobilize members in support of candidates who will fight for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and build better futures for families. In this election, these voters will hold accountable those who have stood in the way of families with anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric.