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The Sikh Coalition News
September 19, 2018
  • It’s Not Too Late To Register Voters!

    September 19, 2018 (New York, NY) - In advance of the midterm elections on November 6th, the Sikh Coalition is working with many community volunteers across the country to organize National Sikh Voter Registration Day on September 23rd. This project is in support of ongoing efforts to register Sikh Americans to vote nationwide.

    Have you signed up to host a local voter registration drive yet? It’s not too late to join other sangats across the country, and we are here to support your voter registration events even if they don’t fall on the 23rd! Email advocacy@sikhcoaltion.org to sign up today.

    At present, registration drives are planned in twelve different states with the goal of making it known that Sikhs are an essential group that elected officials need to pay attention to.

    “As a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, the Sikh Coalition has a proud tradition of fighting for Sikh civil rights on all sides of the political aisle,” said Sikh Coalition Executive Director, Satjeet Kaur.  “For 17 years, we have supported and opposed positions and policies from both major political parties, but we have always unanimously endorsed the importance of building Sikh community power.”

    Please email advocacy@sikhcoalition.org to sign up to volunteer and lead a voter registration drive in your community before it’s too late to register voters in your state! Once you sign up, we will provide you with free tools and guidance necessary for a successful event and then work with you to promote the event within your community. This support includes a comprehensive voter registration toolkit that will walk you through every step in the process, an easy-to-use voter registration portal, and answers to any of your questions.

    “Sikhs from South Asia were barred from gaining citizenship and exercising their right to vote until 1952; we had to earn this right by fighting discriminatory federal policy,” said Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy & Advocacy, Sim J. Singh. “Sangats across the country are realizing that their voices matter when they consistently exercise their right to vote.”

    National Sikh Voter Registration Day is part of a broad civic engagement campaign that keeps Sikhs involved in the political process. The Sikh Coalition welcomes YOU to join the growing bench of volunteers who have already committed to helping register sangat members to vote this midterm election season and beyond.

    To sign up to host a National Sikh Voter Registration Day drive at your local gurdwara or if you have any additional questions, please email the Sikh Coalition’s policy and advocacy team at advocacy@sikhcoalition.org.
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