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Koo partners up with food delivery service to promote voter registration

FlushingFood kicked off a voter registration drive
Photo courtesy Peter Koo
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 Flushingfood.com, a food delivery service in Flushing, and kicked off a voter registration drive. Flushingfood.com will promote voter registration in its delivery services coverage area until the Oct. 14 deadline to qualify to vote in this year’s presidential election.

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. FlushingFood.com is doing an outstanding service by carrying registration forms to its constituencies, and I encourage everyone to remember to take part in our democracy and register to vote.”

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. Flushingfood.com delivery drivers will include voter registration forms with all their deliveries to encourage members of the Asian community to vote. The company will also deliver voter registration forms to residents even if they don’t order food.

“Our delivery drivers are proud to include voter registrations in our deliveries until Oct.14 in order to encourage voter registration,” Flushingfood.com CEO James Chen said. “This is a simple way our company can further engage with our customers. ”

You can reach Flushingfood.com at 718 460 7858

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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