Earlier this year, King County Elections and the Seattle Foundation kicked-off an initiative to address the need for voter education and culturally relevant technical assistance with limited-English speaking communities.
We are excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with 22 community-based organizations to help us do that work. They are:
- Asian Counseling and Referral Services
- Eritrean Community in Seattle and Vicinity
- Inter*Im Community Development Association
- International Community Health Services
- Iraqi Community Center and South King County Emerging Communities for Equity partners Bhutanese Community Resource Center of WA, Nsanga Corporation and Partner in Employment
- Korean American Coalition
- Latino Community Fund and partners South Park Information and Resource Center and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
- Open Doors for Multicultural Families
- Rajana Society
- Somali Community Services
- Somali Family Safety Task Force
- Somali Youth and Family Club
- White Center Community Development Association and partner Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color
Organizations will provide voter education through outreach activities such as gatherings (e.g. workshops or ballot parties) that will help educate LES voters on the voting and democratic process. They will also provide LES voters with technical assistance on how to complete a voter registration form, how to update voter information, and where to find a ballot drop box.
Increasing voter access for all voters is a priority for Elections and this is a big step in the right direction! Stay tuned for detailed stories on how these community organizations are connecting with limited English-speaking residents and helping to engage King County’s diverse communities.