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Asian Voters Claim Discrimination in 2008 Vote

World Journal, news, Posted: Mar 21, 2009

NEW YORK Asian-American organizations testified before Congress on Thursday about the difficulties that Asian Americans had voting in the general election last year. The World Journal reports the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights held hearings to learn the lessons from the 2008 elections. Margaret Fung, executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDE), pointed out that her organization received more than 800 complaints from Asian voters on the election day. The voters said translation help was not accessible; they were asked for IDs in improper ways and verbally abused by some poll workers, who called them terrorists. Civil rights attorney Glenn Magpantay suggests that laws protesting voter rights should be more strictly enforced.


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