Fil-Ams urged to vote in US elections

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 02 2012 10:23 AM | Updated as of Aug 02 2012 06:23 PM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - With less than a hundred days before the November elections, Filipino-Americans are calling on the community to vote.

Headed by the National Federation Of Filipino American Associations (NAFAA) Region 1, the Fil-Am Vote campaign aims to get as many eligible Filipino-Americans to register and vote.

Region 1 chair Attorney Merit Salud said most of the issues affecting the Filipino-American community such as the Filipino-American Veterans Fairness Act and the Save Act are not getting enough support from the U.S. Congress.

“When we ask them for help the first thing that they ask is this, how many are you? How many voters do you have in your community? And we could not answer them perfectly,” said Salud.

NAFFAA's goal is to register at least 30 percent of some 219,000 eligible Filipino-American voters in the Northeast.

“Wala tayong karapatan magreklamo, kung hindi ka boboto,” said Filipino nurse, JohnT Mallongga.

NAFFAA has an online voter registration program powered by “Rock the Vote Campaign,” as seen on MTV.

NAFFAA Region 1 is also planning a door-to-door “Rock the Vote” campaign.