By Gina Martinez
With the deadline for voter registration approaching fast, officials are beginning to get creative in their approach to get people to register.
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) partnered up with Flush
Flushing has a growing immigrant population. There are currently 72,008 residents, 69.2 percent of Asian descent. In a 2013 study, data compiled in the Newest New Yorkers report from the city Department of City Planning showed that Flushing’s foreign-born population constituted 67.7 percent of its entire population in 2011. In 2011 Flushing’s total number of immigrants — 63,900 — was the fourth largest in the borough’s neighborhoods with a higher percentage of foreign-born residents than any otherplacd in Queens. Studies have shown that immigrant do not register to vote because of language barriers and lack of knowledge of deadlines.
“New York City is the most diverse city in the world, and candidates are vying for Asian-American support because they know we are a growing segment of the population,” Koo said Monday. “Unfortunately, barriers in language often prevent new Americans from realizing their potential at the polls. Especially in immigrant communities, voter education is often as simple as letting people know how to register. That’s what we’re doing today. Flush
It is an online and telephone delivery service that enables Flushing residents to order food from various Asian and American restaurants that include Incredibowl, Leaf Garden and Kono Chicken. Flush
“Our delivery drivers are proud to include voter registrations in our deliveries until Oct.14 in order to encourage voter registration,” Flush
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