VT APIDAs Take the Polls: Pledge to Vote for the 2020 Presidential Election

VT APIDAs Take the Polls: Pledge to Vote for the 2020 Presidential Election

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Jessica Nguyen started this petition to Virginia Tech AASU Constituency and Virginia Tech APIDA Community

During the current age of a pandemic and the outpouring of social unrest, the act of voting has extended far past our civic duty. There is no doubt that 2020 alone has thrown our country into unprecedented hardships. This November we have the opportunity to protect our democracy and push for reforms on local, state, and federal levels. We cannot stand idly as the lives and human rights of underrepresented and underserved populations are on the line. The U.S. economy, the grappling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the wellbeing of our climate, the actions taken to combat racial injustice, and countless more pressing issues depend on the outcome of this election. 

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community voter turnout has historically been low. According to the American Bar Association, as recently as 2014, APIDA voter turnout was only 28 percent nationwide. By 2018, turnout had increased to 42 percent—a sizable increase, but still significantly lower than the turnout rates for whites and blacks (57 percent and 51 percent, respectively). APIDA voter turnout in the 2020 election cycle remains an open question, but we are certain about one thing-- many students in our APIDA community at Virginia Tech have expressed an unwavering passion to involve ourselves in matters of social justice and politics. We might not be able to control the voter turnout for the nationwide APIDA population, but we sure can commit ourselves and convince our friends and community to come together to work towards this substantial cause. 

By signing this “petition,” you will be pledging to vote in the presidential election this year. One signature/ pledge will automatically enter you in a raffle to receive new VT Asian American Student Union (AASU) merchandise. This campaign is sponsored by VT AASU. Organizations in the VT AASU constituency in support of this campaign include: Asian American Mental Health Alliance (AAMHA), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), Japanese Cultural Association (JCA), Asian American Coalition (AAC), alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi), Lambda Phi Epsilon (LFE), Exodus at VT, VT Shidae, Chinese American Society (CAS), Korean American Student Association (KASA), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Sigma Psi Zeta (SYZ), and Filipino American Student Association (FASA). The Virginia Tech faculty/staff APIDA Caucus is also in support of this campaign. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Nguyen at jtn28825@vt.edu

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