As a council member and second vice president in Irvington, Frederic now spends much of her time educating Haitian-Americans in Irvington about resources available. She also teaches city officials about the needs and power of her vibrant community.
This is a roundup of Haitian-American candidates on the ballot during the 2020 elections. These candidates have either won outright or advanced to runoffs in their respective races.
Since in-person early voting in New Jersey is not available, many Haitian-Americans pushed for voting by mail instead, where the voters mail their completed ballots back to officials. Haitian radio stations, social media forums and church leaders heavily encouraged Haitian-Americans to vote by mail. Local community members created videos in English and Creole to explain how vote-by-mail works.
The Haitian Times compiled a brief list of U.S. states and election boards with the most active voter records. The list is not exhaustive and will be updated as information is confirmed for each location.
Statistics from election boards in nine states with large Haitian populations, as well as official numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau, do not reflect the visible political participation of Haitian-American communities across the country. The majority of local and statewide election boards only record voter statistics by race, not by ancestry or ethnicity.
Older Haitian-Americans struggle with several unique barriers when it comes to casting their ballots. Language translation is consistently viewed as the biggest obstacle hindering these senior citizens from fully participating. Other issues include information inundation, the layout of the ballot and, this year in particular, adjustments made to the voting process due to COVID-19.
With the final weeks of the campaign in full swing, the current approach observed is largely based on a report by Herlande Rosemond, voter protection deputy director for the Florida Democratic Party.
A relative handful of Haitian-Americans say they will support the president. Calling on religion and family values as their key reasons to vote, these conservative movement supporters also bring up the Democrats taking Black voters for granted, esoteric footage from decades ago, and debunked fringe theories to explain their presidential pick.
Image from a Biden campaign promotional video in Creole. Credit: Joe Biden for President. By Larisa Karr As Nov….
Election campaigners and voting rights advocates hoping to reach Haitian-Americans across Florida said they are focused on getting people to…