The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) has launched a fundraising campaign to support student voter engagement programs in 2018. Until January 31st, ECAASU will be participating in APIAVote’s Grant Matching Program.
Following the government shutdown that began on Friday, January 20th, it is especially important to engage young voters leading up to the 2018 elections because it is the single most powerful way to change policy for the better. The government shutdown of 2013 cost the United States an estimated $24 billion and directly affected Americans across the nation. Although the recent shutdown has temporarily ended, that did not keep it from dramatically impacting everyday Americans across the nation.
In the 2016 election, more than 50% of students did not vote, and while Asian American voter turnout has been increasing, still more than 50% of Asian American voters did not vote. In 2018, Americans will vote on 435 House seats, 33 Senate seats, and 36 state governors. With recent political discussions of taxing tuition and finding a solution for young undocumented Americans, it is important that students are informed about how to vote, their rights as a voter, and the importance of civil engagement.
We will be fundraising through APIAVote’s 2017-2018 Grant Matching Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage national student organizations to further develop their fundraising skills, build organizational capacity, and to encourage that civic engagement a fundamental part of their programming. APIAVote will match every donation to ECAASU through our donation portal up to $1000. This means that every donation received will have double the impact.
To donate to this fundraiser, please donate through this link: http://bit.ly/EngageVoters
If you are not able to financially support these efforts then please support us by sharing our fundraiser, organizing voters locally, and, of course, by voting if you are eligible.