Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 27, 2016 in Blog
Arab Americans across the country took part in National Voter Registration Day, September 27, with the goal of getting as many voters registered ahead of fast-approaching state deadlines. Working with the official National Voter Registration Day effort, and partners like the League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote, AAI’s #YallaVote campaign, coordinated with more than 30 local community partners on the ground who registered people and raised awareness about the upcoming national elections. Arab American community organizations, centers, student groups and places of worship hosted registration drives outfitted with their #YallaVote swag and education materials. From California to New Jersey and Washington, DC to Florida, community members registered Arab Americans and many others in their local areas.
“The Lebanese Student Association at George Mason University is dedicated to celebrating our roots, and through events that promote involvement in our community such as Yalla Vote, we achieve just that. As college students, we don’t seem to understand the impact we can have in elections, whether it is local or presidential, but it is vital to remember that we cannot expect our voices to be heard if we don’t vote for candidates that reflect our values.,” said Sarah Bassil (Treasurer of LSA at GMU)
If you or your group is hosting an upcoming voter registration drive, debate watch party or voter education event, use the hashtag #YallaVote to share your efforts with others. If you are interested in joining the #YallaVote campaign and hosting a registration drive or other voter education effort, please contact Yasmin Hussein here.