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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Bilingual Volunteers Needed for Voter Hotline (1-888-API-VOTE)

Volunteers are needed to assist voters, especially those with specific Asian language needs. Your role is also important to detect voter suppression or disinformation that may be out there.

Posted October 15, 2020

Background & Context

In order to fully participate in our democracy, Asian Americans must exercise the right to vote in local, state, and national elections. Unfortunately, racial discrimination in voting still exists. We work to eliminate discriminatory barriers to voting and to increase access to the ballot for all voters. Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIA Vote run a hotline where voters can get answers to their questions about voting and receive assistance in nine Asian languages. Call 1-888-API-VOTE or 1-888-274-8683 for assistance. Assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. WHEN: Monday, October 19 to Wednesday, November 4 VOLUNTEER SHIFTS: Four hour shifts are available on weekdays from 9 AM to 12 Midnight ET. On weekends, shifts are available 9 AM to 6 PM ET. You will be able to select your shifts after you volunteer for this project. EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Computer and internet connection. When you log in, calls will be directed to you directly. During your shift you can continue to do other things but we ask that you make yourself available during your shift to answer any calls that come through.

Immediate Problem

The hotline will provide Asian American and Pacific Islander voters with answers to the questions they have around early voting options, where to vote, and more. Our organization works on voting rights and election protection, and we have community education resources available at https://advancingjustice-aajc.org/election2020.

Work & Deliverables

We need volunteers to help with the hotline in English and Asian languages. NO knowledge or experience in elections or voting is required. We will provide each volunteer with the necessary training.
Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Training by our hotline team.

Collaboration Phase

  • Be available during volunteer shift to help with any questions.

Wrap Up

  • Report out about questions received (more details will be provided during training).

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Yes, training will be provided by our hotline team.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: Yes
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese
  • Signup Deadline: November 4, 2020
  • Deliverables Due: November 4, 2020
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) advocates for an America in which all Americans can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991 in Washington, D.C. Advancing Justice | AAJC is the voice for the Asian American community – the fastest-growing population in the U.S. – fighting for our civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. We serve to empower our communities by bringing local and national constituencies together and ensuring Asian Americans are able to participate fully in our democracy.

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