Please see the English version of the story below. Chinese language translation by Chi Zhang.
亚美公义促进中心提供13种语言的选民权利资讯。亚裔选民可以拨打888-API-VOTE语言协助热线。如果您或您身边的人在投票过程中遇到骚扰或恐吓，您可以拨打 (800) 815-2666，向选民登记处举报。
If you plan to vote early morning in Alhambra on Election Day, you may notice a trained poll monitor observing your precinct in an effort to protect your right to vote. Limited-English proficient voters in Alhambra, one of many cities in LA County with multilingual communities, will rely on bilingual poll workers to assist them in casting their ballot on November 8.
As many as 11,000 bilingual poll workers were recruited this year, said Dean Logan, LA County’s Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, at a Nov. 3 press conference hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
This community service to ensure that first-time voters, who may be immigrants, are able to exercise their right to vote is crucial because a negative experience at the poll site may deter them from voting in the future, Deanna Kitamura, voting rights project director at LA’s Advancing Justice office, said in a phone interview.
Anti-immigrant rhetoric has defined this election and may cause voters to feel safer if they stay at home, but Advancing Justice urges eligible voters to turn out on Election Day.
Poll monitors, trained by a non-partisan civil rights advocacy group, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, will be tasked to report any inadequate presentation of voting materials and signage in 10 different languages at LA County poll sites, including Chinese and Spanish. They will also report whether voters are intimidated, and turned away or asked to show identification without a valid reason.
Although these observations will be reported to the LA County Registrar-Recorder, poll monitors will approach voters who look frustrated and encourage them to exercise their right to cast a provisional ballot.
Alhambra residents with vote-by-mail ballots have a few options: early drop-off at the city clerk’s office in Alhambra City Hall by November 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., sign and mail their ballots by November 8, or turn them in at a polling location on Election Day.
There will most likely be long wait times, as well as long voting times for California voters who plan to vote for all the state and local races, so people who are not able to wait in line should find alternative means, said Kitamura, at a Nov. 3 press conference.
Advancing Justice has “know your voting rights” fliers in 13 different languages on their website. Asian American voters can call a nationwide hotline at 888-API-VOTE to receive in-language assistance. If you or someone you know experiences voter intimidation, you can report the incident to the Registrar of Voters at (800) 815-2666.