Immigrant Voting Project
What: Creation of Taskforce to provide recommendations to the Mayor around voting and elections accessibility for immigrant populations in Seattle.
- Hilary Stern (Casa Latina),
- Tanya Santiago (DACA/Dreamer)
- Ada Williams Prince (One America)
- Diane Butler (AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association)
- Tony Lee (APIC)
- Luis Fraga (Associate Vice Provost, UW)
- Sharon Maeda (21 Progress)
- Maru Villalpando (Latino Advocacy)
- Jasmine Marwaha (Unite Here)
- Jaime Garcia (Consejo)
- Peter Gishuru (African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest)
- Toby Crittenden (Washington Bus)
- Alex Miller (Washington Bus)
- Manny Uch
- Abdullahi Jama
Background: By 2018 there will be a new majority in America. For the first time, African Americans, Latinos, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and unmarried women will be the majority of the American citizen voting age population.
Immigrant populations face many additional barriers to getting their voice heard – and we know that those who are registered to vote are also more likely to participate in activities that build the fabric of our democracy, including joining neighborhood and community groups where they can unite with others to change the inequalities they face elsewhere in their lives.
The purpose of this Taskforce is to promote civic engagement, inclusion and equitable access for all Seattle residents.
Possible areas of analysis for the Taskforce:
- Language barriers (Ballots are highly technical and complicated for ESL, Misinterpretation/mistranslation, additional translation/interpretation for populations who have never voted before)
- Penalties for denial of language services
- Equitable placement of ballot boxes
- Early voting education for non-English speakers
- New Americans Voter Registration
- Include Voter Registration with Affordable Health Care Rollout
- Preregistration of folks on the path to citizenship
- Changing 30 day registration rule for new citizens
- Other issues that may come before the Taskforce
Mayor announces new initiatives to support immigrant communities Press Release 09/03/2013