Tag: 2020 elections

Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade’s new mayor, promises to keep standing by Haitians
Elections, Florida

Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade’s new mayor, promises to keep standing by Haitians

Throughout her 40 years living in South Florida, Levine Cava has developed key relationships with Haitian-American leaders like François. Her deep ties to the community — some cultivated since the early 1980s, others created during her last six years representing District 8 on the county commission — helped Levine Cava defeat her opponent by eight points on Nov. 3.

New Jersey Haitians plan for possibly hectic Nov. 3
2020 Elections, Latest News

New Jersey Haitians plan for possibly hectic Nov. 3

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.

Haitians in smaller states highly engaged in elections, despite lack of data
2020 Elections, Latest News

Haitians in smaller states highly engaged in elections, despite lack of data

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 eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help
2020 Elections, Immigrant Voices, Latest News

Older Haitian-Americans eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help

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.

Social dilemma: Haitian-Americans know whom to vote for, but are clueless about why to vote
Columns, Opinion

Social dilemma: Haitian-Americans know whom to vote for, but are clueless about why to vote

Haitian-Americans’ position is clear: they will vote Democrat because Biden is better off dealing with political corruption and bad governance in Haiti, the country Trump called shithole. They will vote against the Republican establishment because Trump will cancel TPS while Biden promises he will renew or extend it for the thousands of Haitians who are no longer at risk of deportation because of it. If only Haitian-Americans are allowed to vote, Trump will lose by a tidal wave.

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