AALAC wants to ensure that at least 10,000 Korean-Americans living in Gwinnett County are registered to vote. Executive Director Helen Kim Ho says if they reach that number, the county will need to print ballots in Korean as well as English.
“Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which is the minority language provision, is triggered when 5% or 10,000 same language speaking voting-age citizens could exercise their right to vote more easily if it was in their home language,” she says.
But even if they hit that target, the ballots won’t be ready for November’s General Election.
“There’s no time,” Ho says. “What we are going to do, which we did in 2012, is translate a sample ballot, we will, and then distribute it as far and wide as we can.”
Ho says increasing voter registration will likely drum up more interest in running for office. She says as more Korean-Americans head to the polls, more of them will end up on the ballot as well.