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2023 ELECTION

2023 Montgomery County Commissioner
Candidates on Language Access

Montgomery County is now home to Pennsylvania's largest Korean American community and the second-largest Asian American community. Over 70% of Korean Americans are recent immigrants, and roughly half speak English “less than well.” In Pennsylvania, 78% of Asians and Pacific Islanders speak languages other than English at home, and roughly 1 in 5 Asian Pacific Islanders speak English less than well or not at all.
 
A coalition of 16 organizations representing and supporting the vast new American communities in Montgomery County asked the four candidates running for the 2023 Montgomery County Commissioner election about their position on language access in the county. We are delighted to share all candidates’ responses in alphabetical order. Please click the image(s) to see their responses.

2023 Election Guide is Here!

We know voting can sometimes be complicated. Our election guide for Greater Philadelphia this year is here to help! By clicking this link(or click the image/ Korean ver. click here), you will be able to know who are the candidates, how to vote by mail, voting facts, and so much more! Should you have any inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email at info@wooricenterpa.org .

Civic engagement is a critical component of Woori Center’s work, as it is key to building the power of the Korean and Asian American community in Greater Philadelphia and the United States. This year, Woori Center has focused on outreaching to our community for the Pennsylvania Primary Election held on May 16, 2023 and the General Election, which will be held on November 7, 2023. Pennsylvania voters will decide the outcomes of the Pennsylvania seat for special State Legislative, State Supreme Court, Intermediate Appellate Court, School Boards, and Municipal Government officers. 

Korean and Asian American voices are as important in local and municipal elections as these elected officials have the potential to make a direct impact on our community life. Below are some important facts about our community: 

  • By 2040, one in every ten Americans will be AAPI.

  • AAPIs are one of the fastest growing electorates with the number of voters doubling to almost 12 million by 2040.

  • Overall, the civic participation of the AAPI community in Pennsylvania is increasing; between 2004 and 2012, the number of Asian Americans who voted in Pennsylvania increased 35%.

Woori Center and our volunteers will be registering new voters, door knocking, phonebanking, textbanking, tabling at groceries, markets, and other centers where the community gathers, creating and distributing in-language material about the election, and recruiting and training volunteers. We aim to educate voters about the election, their rights as voters, and the issues we are working on, and to vote. Woori Center also provide Korean-language assistance for new voters and at the polls. 

PA General: Important Dates

How To Vote in PA General

Register to Vote in the General by October 23, 2023

Apply for Mail-in Ballot for the General by 5 PM on October 31, 2023

General election: November 7, 2023

When is the 2023 General Election?

The General Election in Pennsylvania is November 7, 2023

Am I eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in the 2023 Primary Election if: 

  • You are a United States Citizen

  • You have lived in Pennsylvania for 30 days or more

  • You will be 18 years of age or older on May 1, 2023

Remember, you must be registered at your current address. 

Where do I vote in person?

Look up your polling place with this website: votespa.com/polls

Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM the day of the election.

Who can request a mail-in ballot?

Any registered voter may request a mail-in ballot. Request forms must be received by your county election board by 5 pm on October 31, 2023. Plan to send your ballot in the mail ASAP to ensure it is counted. 

What is a voting plan?

Voting plans can include: 

  • If voting by mail, when are you requesting your ballot? When are you returning it? 

  • If voting in-person, how you are getting to the polls? Where is your polling place? (For example: car, bus, train)

  • What time are you going to the polls? (For example: your lunch break, before work, after class)

  • Who is going with you to the polls? 

I'm a college student. How do I vote?

Go to the Votes PA College Student page to learn about how to vote. 

I need language support. What can I do?

You are allowed to bring someone with you to vote, as long as the person who helps you:

  • is not your employer or union representative

  • is not the judge of elections

You do not need to get permission before each election to have someone help you vote, but you may be asked to sign a declaration stating that you need assistance at the polling place.

FAQ

Election FAQ

Woori Center can help!

Woori Center can help you understand the voting process and can provide Korean translation if needed. Email us at info@wooricenterpa.org, or call (267) 270-9466.

Join us!

We cannot do this work without the support of numerous volunteers. If you would like to join our efforts, please volunteer with us

Check out also our past Civic Engagement works by clicking the button below.

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