Crystal (31), Salesforce Consultant. Lu-Mien.
I have always opted for voting by mail because I like to research the propositions on my own time at home and not be rushed. I did the same this election but it did feel different this year—there’s been so much noise around supposed “voter fraud” and politicians “trying to throw the election” that it made me more vigilant about dropping off my ballot early and ensuring it’s in a certified/official ballot box. I will also be following up to make sure my vote was tracked and counted, something I never worried about before this 2020 election.
I Vote because it matters! Representation matters and having your voice counted is something to not take for granted. Our families have sacrificed and fled the unimaginable to get to this country which now allows me the right to vote and be part of this democracy. Gotta embrace that! Everything we are voting on is so critical — from the next president of the free world to the statewide and local measures. It affects us all.
As an Iu-Mien American, I feel like we are still so underrepresented in the US. We have yet to be counted as a group in the Census yet alone major policies but hoping that will change with this 2020 census. As an Asian American overall, I feel like our voices are heard to a certain extent but could be way better represented through disaggregated data amongst the Asian ethnicities. That could help demystify stereotypes associated with Asians overall that actually end up hurting us rather than helping, such as the notion of being the “model minority.”
After this election, I would love to see more unity and less violence and hate in this country. We have become so divisive and hateful and it is terrifying to see. I am also hoping to see more accountability from those who are supposed to be serving our country and communities, more equity and accessibility for all, and finally see some leadership in our administration.