Serge works for a nonprofit, has a family, and is a leader of a local community association — an excellent realization of John F. Kennedy’s statement. He wanted to know if I’d heard who was finally elected in the U.S. He noted, “the majority of Haitians are for Joe.”
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.
To Ashley Laraque, a Haitian actor in Port-au-Prince, it seems his compatriots are simply too caught up in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. It’s gotten to the point that things in Haiti are being neglected, a heated Laraque said on a radio show Thursday.
From his home in Carrefour-Feuilles, Port-au-Prince, Handy Calixte, 37, keeps up with U.S. elections news through television, radio and the internet — almost as much as he does Haitian news.
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.
With Election Day now just days away on Nov. 3, The Haitian Times has looked through the voting rules for states with the highest Haitian populations to make voting easier and quicker for you.
Haitian-Americans heads to the polls for early voting across the U.S., including in New York, the state with the second largest Haitian population.
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.