Organization Elevating Indian American Voters Launches
A new organization aimed at increasing the participation of Indian Americans in voting and the civic process has launched. The Voice of Indian American (VIA) Voters, a non-partisan platform for the community, will organize informational seminars and host debates for candidates seeking to represent areas with large Indian American populations, in order to better inform voters. Based in Chicago, VIA Voters is aiming to create a national list of Indian Americans and start local chapters in cities that have a sizable Indian population like New Jersey, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The founding members of the group are Sanjjeev Singh, Dr. Anuja Gupta, and Dr. Bharat Barai. "As a community we need to be more involved in the voting process. The time has come to engage more seriously in our civic responsibility in keeping with our economic & social success" said Barai. AAPI Data found that of the AAPI candidates who ran for Congress in the 2018 midterms, 30 (38%) were Indian American, more than any other AAPI subgroup. More here.