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Press Advisory: The Korean American Swing Vote – Educating and Getting out the Vote in Congressional District 10

By October 31, 2008 No Comments

Contact: Sohn Sik, 847-208-0375 (cell) / sohnsik@chicagokrcc.org

The Korean American Swing Vote
Educating and Getting Out the Vote in Congressional District 10

Who The Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) is registering new voters, educating, and getting out the vote of Korean American voters in Congressional District 10 because of the impact that the Korean American vote can have on this race.

Why The immigrant vote is critical in the Congressional District (CD) 10 race where Democrat Dan Seals is challenging Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, the incumbent. About 19 percent of the 10th District’s population is made up of foreign-born residents who are now U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old, making them eligible to vote. CD 10, which includes most of Cook County and parts of Lake County, is also home to the state’s largest Korean American community; according to the 2007 American Community Survey, there are 37,446 Korean Americans in Cook County. There are 5,023 registered Korean American voters in CD 10, which is 33% of the Asian American electorate and making them the largest Asian American ethnic specific community. With Representative Kirk’s 2006 re-election campaign having been won by a margin of victory of 3% (or 7,000 voters), the Korean American voting bloc is poised to make a real impact on the election.

What KRCC staff and volunteers will call 4,500 registered Korean American voters in CD 10.

When Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 4 – 7:00 p.m.

Where KRCC office
6146 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

Press is invited to attend this phonebanking session and set up interviews with staff & volunteers. Please contact Sohn Sik to schedule.