Justin (38). Stay-at-home parent. Filipino
I vote because I feel it's important to play a role in deciding who leads and represents our community and country as a whole, from the president all the way to who represents my district.
Q: As Filipino American do you feel that your voice is represented in this country?
A: As an Asian American, yes, to a degree, but not as a Filipino American. We are a fraction of a very large and very vague ethnic category. As a result, the volume of our voice can easily be lost among the voices of so many other Asian groups in the same category.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected my life in nearly every way. From my eldest daughter switching to distance learning and me transitioning to working from home to eventually being let go while having limited social interactions, it's really changed everything — some aspects more drastically than others.
After this election, I'd like to see more concrete goals and accountability. We all want to change for the better, but it can be difficult to envision the change without actual plans. I want to see more focus by our leaders, representatives, and fellow community members, as well as accountability when things work out right or when they go awry.
Remember that only one item on the ballot has to do with who becomes the next president. A vast majority of the ballot has nothing to do with who gets to sit in the Oval Office. Propositions, measures, council members, school board members, and a variety of other important pressing, and local issues are decided during the same voting period. Don't forget about these because the results can have a very real, very immediate effect on your well-being and the well-being of those in your community. Asian Pacific Islander American Voters Election 2020