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With a live DJ and iced matcha tea, organizers excited voters — new and old — at the Desert Breeze Community Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday afternoon.
The event, hosted by One APIA Nevada and Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), nonpartisan sister organizations that support Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Nevada, aimed to drive Asian and Pacific Islander voters in the region to the ballot boxes, the groups said. .
“The traditional narrative is that Asians still have voter apathy,” said ACDC outreach director Eric Jeng, who, at 33, said he was the group’s longest-serving organizer.
“We want to break this cycle of apathy,” Jeng told CNN.
The ACDC aims to educate and mobilize voters in a region with a growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections, the ACDC translated nonpartisan election guides into five languages: Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Thai.
Ashley Hermosura, a 33-year-old Democratic voter, told CNN she knew how to vote on Tuesday because she followed One APIA on social media.
In addition to posting on social media for weeks, the group knocked on doors and sent text messages, encouraging community members to vote.
“The Republican party carries a lot of weight,” Hermosura said, explaining that she ran to vote for Democratic candidates backed by unions and board of education members.
Hermosura said she believes in “bringing out the Asian vote in elections and showing up as a politically activated audience in elections.”
Catherine Lee, who is 18 and voted in the Nevada primary, described the experience of voting for the first time as “cool”.
Lee, who voted at another event sponsored by the groups last Friday, said she was very excited to vote in the race for district attorneys.
“They shape important outcomes to address racial discrimination in the criminal justice system,” Lee said, describing why she found this race interesting.