SAALT Releases Groundbreaking Voter Guide to Educate, Mobilize South Asian American Community in Preparation for 2018 Midterm Elections


Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Today South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) released its 2018 Midterm Election Voter Guide, the only resource designed to engage, edu­cate, and mobi­lize the grow­ing South Asian Amer­i­can elec­torate in Con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts nation­wide.
At over 5 mil­lion strong, South Asian Amer­i­cans are the sec­ond-most rapid­ly grow­ing demo­graph­ic group nation­wide, across long­stand­ing com­mu­ni­ty strong­holds and new­er regions in the South. As a result, South Asian Amer­i­cans occu­py an increas­ing­ly sig­nif­i­cant posi­tion in the Amer­i­can elec­torate. In this crit­i­cal elec­tion year, South Asian Amer­i­cans have a stake in key pol­i­cy ques­tions that affect our com­mu­ni­ties, and are deeply impact­ed by issues span­ning immi­gra­tion, civ­il rights, hate crimes, and the 2020 Cen­sus.
The Guide is a vot­er edu­ca­tion tool that equips South Asian Amer­i­cans and all vot­ers with the cru­cial infor­ma­tion they need to cast informed votes this Novem­ber. SAALT’s non-par­ti­san 2018 Midterm Election Voter Guide does not endorse any candidate—rather; it ana­lyzes House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives can­di­dates’ posi­tions on four crit­i­cal issues for South Asian Amer­i­cans in twen­ty Con­gres­sion­al Dis­tricts with the high­est South Asian Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tions. The Guide also includes analy­sis on two addi­tion­al races that fea­ture a South Asian Amer­i­can can­di­date and a Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict whose Mem­ber cur­rent­ly holds a lead­er­ship posi­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.
Each race shows the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can can­di­date posi­tions on the issues of immi­gra­tion, civ­il rights, hate crimes, and the 2020 Cen­sus based upon their respons­es to a series of ques­tions. SAALT reached out to all can­di­dates with a ques­tion­naire and ana­lyzed pub­licly avail­able infor­ma­tion on their vot­ing records on fed­er­al leg­is­la­tion, pub­lic state­ments, and pol­i­cy plat­forms to devel­op our analy­sis. For all incum­bent can­di­dates, SAALT ana­lyzed only their vot­ing record on key leg­is­la­tion to deter­mine their pol­i­cy posi­tions. All ques­tions are includ­ed in the Guide to allow vot­ers to assess a candidate’s posi­tions them­selves even if a par­tic­u­lar Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict is not fea­tured.
SAALT will be dis­trib­ut­ing its 2018 Midterm Election Voter Guide far and wide in part­ner­ship with its 62 com­mu­ni­ty part­ners in the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), nation­al allies, as well as over social and tra­di­tion­al media. The Vot­er Guide will be unveiled in-per­son at this weekend’s The Future of South Asians in the U.S. region­al town hall in Niles, Illi­nois in part­ner­ship with Chicagoland NCSO orga­ni­za­tions. On Saturday, October 6th from 1-4 pm, this pow­er­ful and top­i­cal forum will address the impact of U.S. immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy on the South Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty. The Vot­er Guide will con­tin­ue to serve as a crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion tool that keeps the focus on the impor­tant issues impact­ing our nation on the road to the Novem­ber 2018 elec­tions and beyond.
CONTACT: Sophia Qureshi,