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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

KAC first began conducting voter registration drives in the City of Los Angeles. Today, KAC operates the longest continuously running civic participation program in the Korean American community, dedicated to advocating for equal access and representation. KAC has assisted over 40,000 immigrants to become U.S. citizens and registered voters.

1

Determine Voting Eligibility: 

you must be 18 years or older and U.S. citizen

2

Complete a Voter Registration Form 

(Paper or Online)
To register online, click here. Paper forms are available at KAC, DMV, local libraries, and U.S. Post Office.

 

3

Learn about what’s on your ballot!

Look up what is on your ballot here.
Registered voters will receive sample ballots and information guides in their mail.

4

Decide your Voting Method: 

Vote using Vote by Mail (VBM)
All registered voters in California will receive their ballot in the mail for the November 2020 elections. Drop off your ballot any Vote Center or Drop-off Ballot Box. Once you mail in your ballot, you can track your ballot using ‘Where’s My Ballot?’

Vote early
Starting 10/30, all Vote Centers in Los Angeles County will open for safe in-person voting from 10AM – 7PM.
(Select Vote Centers may open beginning October 24)

Vote in-person at your local Vote Center
As of the March 2020 election, voters in Los Angeles County and Orange County may vote at any of the voting centers in their County. Vote in-person on Election Day, 11/3 from 7AM – 8PM.

Find out your Vote Center:

  • Calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683)
  • Online at lavote.net
  • By texting Vote to GOVOTE (468683)

What is the Easiest Way to Vote this Year?

Check your Voter Status:

1) To make sure you get your ballot, confirm your voter registration status here.

2) You can ensure a smooth voting experience by:

  • confirming your mailing address
  • signing up for ballot tracking notifications
Request a Replacement Ballot:
If you’d like to have your replacement ballot sent to your current address or temporary residence, check out lavote.netLast day to request a replacement ballot is 10/27.

*This is a one-time request and will not permanently change your voter registration.*
Request Large Font and Audio Proposition Pamphlet:
If you’d like to have your ballot in accessible formats like:
-large-print
-audio
-text of proposed laws

​check out the California Secretary of State website.

Voter Engagement Resources

Check out the November 2020 Easy Voter Guides!

The Easy Voter Guide is a helpful guide for new voters or long-time voters learn why to vote, how to vote, and what’s on the ballot this year! The guide is a 16-page nonpartisan resource to educate voters about ballot measures and election information. All 12 state-level measures are covered!

California Secretary of State's Voting Guide

Check out the CA’s Secretary of State’s extensive Voting Guide.

Looking for local Election information?

Check out Voter’s Edge to view in-depth information on your ballot this year!

In-Language Resources

California's Voter Hotline

California’s Secretary of State offers voting resources and assistance in 10 different languages.

  • (800) 345-VOTE (8683) – English
  • (800) 232-VOTA (8682) – español / Spanish
  • (800) 339-2857 – 中文 / Chinese
  • (888) 345-2692 – हिन्दी / Hindi
  • (800) 339-2865 – 日本語 / Japanese
  • (888) 345-4917 – ខ្មែរ / Khmer
  • (866) 575-1558 – 한국어 / Korean
  • (800) 339-2957 – Tagalog
  • (855) 345-3933 – ภาษาไทย / Thai
  • (800) 339-8163 – Việt ngữ / Vietnamese
  • (800) 833-8683 – TTY/TDD

In-language Resources for Voting in California

Check out KAVOTE.ORG

A non-partisan Task Force dedicated to collaborate and increase Korean American participation in the 2020 Census and the Elections, which are the pillars of civic engagement and democracy.

Check out nationwide resources for voter engagement and the 2020 Census!

Los Angeles Koreatown is finally unified in Council District 10 as Los Angeles City Council members voted in favor of adopting the LA City Council Redistricting Map

Los Angeles, CA – Long-lasting joining efforts to unify Koreatown into one single city council district is finally realized after the LA City Council members voted to adopt the revised hybrid redistricting map in which the Koreatown is unified within CD 10. The vote was unanimous.

Since the beginning of the LA City Redistricting process, the Koreatown Redistricting Task Force*, with support from the Koreatown community, revived a campaign from 10 years ago, to unify Koreatown in a single Council district. We had nearly 5000 petition signatures, held three community town halls, hundreds of letters sent to politicians and community members, and gave numerous hearing testimonies in support of our endeavor.  The community engagement was so strong that the 2021 Redistricting Commission prioritized keeping Koreatown whole which was memorialized in the final map submitted by the commission to the council. The Ad hoc committee also recognized the importance of unifying Koreatown as well.
 

We are thankful to the community that have responded by signing the petitions, sending letters and joining us in giving testimony at the hearings. 
Next, Mayor Garcetti will have to sign the ordinance to establish the new council districts as laid out in the final hybrid map and they will take into effect in the new year. 

Los Angeles, CA – 12월 7일 LA 시의회가 단일화된 LA 한인타운이 속한 10지구를 포함한 LA시 선거구 하이브리드 지도안을 표결 결과 만장일치로 통과하여 최종 승인함으로써 한인 사회의 수십년 동안의 숙원이었던 LA 한인타운 선거구 단일화를 마침내 이루게 되었습니다. 

2021년 선거구 재조정 과정이 시작되면서 코리아타운 단체 리더들로 구성된 코리아타운 선거구 재조정 태스크포스 (Koreatown Redistricting Task Force (Ktown-RTF)*)는 3번의 한인타운 주민 및 관계자 대상 타운홀 미팅, 온라인/오프라인 한인타운 선거구 단일화 청원 운동 (5,000명 이상 서명), 시의원과 정치인들 이메일 보내기 캠페인 (수백통 전송) , 주민 공청회 참여 (100여명 넘게 참여), 서면 의견 제출 등을 진행하면서 LA 한인 커뮤니티의 지속적인 관심과 참여를 독려하였고, 한인 커뮤니티와 타인종 커뮤니티가 함께 힘을 모아 단합된 움직임을 보인 결과, 한인타운 선거구 단일화를 눈앞에 두게 되었습니다. 에릭 가세티 LA시장이 해당 조정안에 서명을 하면 단일화된 LA 한인타운 선거구를 포함한 재조정된 LA시 새로운 선거구 지도가 2022년 1월 1일 부터 앞으로 10년간 공식적으로 효력을 갖게 됩니다. 

한인타운이 하나의 선거구로 통합됨에 따라 한인타운 주민들이 보다 효과적이고 공정한 대표성을 갖게 되고, 한인타운의 이익을 대변할 수 있는 시의원을 선출할 수 있는 가능성이 훨씬 높아지게 되었습니다. 지난 1년동안 LA 한인타운 선거구 단일화 캠페인에 적극적으로 지지해주시고 동참해주신 한인 여러분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다. 

US CITIZENSHIP

As part of enhancing political participation among Korean Americans, KAC provides Citizenship application, Green Card renewal, and other immigration services to applicable citizens at an affordable cost. Since 1983, KAC has assisted more than 40,000 people with their naturalization process and stands as one of the longest continuously running Korean American organizations to provide such services. Our immigration experts will provide step by step instructions to help obtain your American Citizenship.

Types of services that KAC offers are:

Citizenship (N-400)
Citizenship Fee Waiver (I-912)
Citizenship Application for Children 18 or under (N-600)
Green Card Renewal (I-90)
Citizenship Certificate (N-565)
If you wish to apply for U.S. Citizenship or Green Card renewal, please call us at (213) 365-5999 to receive pre-application documents and make an appointment.

1) Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen

2) Prepare your form N-400 Application for Naturalization
Click here to download the N-400 Application

3) Collect necessary documents on document checklist
Click here to download the document checklist

4) Submit your form N-400 Application for Naturalization
Click here for submission instructions

6) Attend the USCIS interview 
USCIS will schedule an interview with you to complete the naturalization process once you have completed previous steps. 

7) Receive a Decision from USCIS 

8) Receive a Notice to Take the Oath of Allegiance 

9) Complete the Questionnaire on Form N-455

10) Take the Oath of Allegiance at the Naturalization Ceremony

11) Understanding U.S. Citizenship 
Click here the list of American rights and responsibilities