The voters are a world away but that’s not an issue in Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan where Pakistanis are in the middle of a heated campaign season to elect their homeland’s next prime minister in May.
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Local elections to choose a representative in a faraway legislature are becoming increasingly common and New York City, with its large, vibrant ethnic enclaves, plays a visible and important role. For example, Ecuadorean New Yorkers Ximena Peña and Alex Guamán were elected last month for a seat in the National Assembly back home.
For many gay voters an Obama defeat would set the clock back on some important victories for the LGBT community over the last four years, including the president’s endorsement of gay marriage and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy.
Venezuelan New Yorkers share their thoughts on Sunday’s elections back home when President Hugo Chavez will face his strongest challenge in 14 years in power, El Diario La Prensa reported.
Two Bangladeshis will run next year for a city council seat in the Bronx, but some worry that the Bangladeshis – a new but growing immigrant community – are reaching for too much too early. They question the value of fielding a Bangladeshi candidate against a political machine that favors Latinos. For many, the question hinges on who wins this week’s 87th Assembly District primary.
In case you haven’t decided who you’ll vote for in this Thursday’s primary elections, there are plenty of voter guides and candidate profiles in the city’s community press to help you make up your mind. Here’s a sampling, including a video of a singing candidate from the Bronx.
Nationwide, Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing race group, and New York City is home to more Asians than any other city. In 2008, only about half of the country’s eligible Asian-American voters were registered, but of those registered voters, turnout was high — 86 percent, The World Journal reports.
In a Feet in 2 World podcast, executive producer John Rudolph asks an expert about the role of Latinos in the 2012 presidential election. He speaks with pollster Sylvia Manzano, who says that while enthusiasm for Obama has waned, recent immigration decisions may reignite interest.
El Diario La Prensa’s José Acosta profiles the Dominican-American Manny Tavárez, a semi-professional baseball pitcher turned candidate for the New York State Senate. With his athletic background, Tavárez is pushing for sports and education to get young people off the streets.
Even as yesterday’s election results in the Dominican Republic remain under dispute, there was no doubt about the New York City Dominican population’s fervor for politics back home. El Diario La Prensa ran a dispatch from the lively scenes at the city’s Dominican polling places on Sunday.
The Time Magazine headline, “Yo Decido; Why Latinos Will Pick the Next President,” caused a stir in the Latino press. In a column translated from La Tribuna Hispana, opinion-writer Lux Fer dismisses as empty flattery the idea of Latinos deciding major policy.
The Amsterdam News is keeping an eye on new voting laws enacted across several states that require government IDs, eliminate early voting and ban registration drives and how African American voters will be impacted.
Suffolk County’s growing Latino population made itself heard in the rise in youth voter turnout for the election of a new county executive.