呼吁华裔同胞踊跃参加五月地方选举

休斯敦地区的华裔同胞们、朋友们:

今年5月9日,又到了每年地方选举的时候,我们希望大休斯敦地区每一位有投票资格的华裔(必须是美国公民)都去登记注册,并参加这次选举投票。

这是一年一度关于地方问题的一次选举,虽然规模没有四年一次的全国大选和中期选举那么大,但其重要性却并不亚于另外两个选举。因为五月份的这次选举是专门针对地方性的议题和人选进行投票,而这些地方性的议题和人选与我们每一个居民都息息相关。例如学区委员(ISD Board of Trustees)的改选,谁被选上,谁就有可以影响学区今后发展的一票。我们有任何理由不关心孩子所在学区的发展吗? 更何况学区委员也决定房地产税率。

参加投票还有一个非常明显的好处,就是可以凸显出华裔选票在美国生活中的重要性。虽然亚裔和华裔在美国全国范围内占总人口的比例并不高,但是在大休斯敦地区华裔的比例已经十分显著。遗憾的是,到目前为止有选举资格的华裔实际参加投票的并不多。如果我们不去投票,在决定当地议案的过程中,我们的呼声和利益就会明显地被忽视,所以休斯敦华裔联盟呼吁每一位有选举资格的华裔同胞这一次一定要尽可能参加投票。

今年我们非常欣喜地看到:有两位年轻的华裔女性,Kathy Li(李聿)和JJ Clemence(张晶晶)参与竞选福遍县(Fort Bend County)学区委员第二和第六席位置。这反映了休斯敦华人参政议政的意识正在逐步提高,是一个可喜的进步。希望未来能有更多的华裔参加竞选,逐步提高华裔在美国政治生活和社会生活中的影响力!华裔联盟作为一个非政治性、非营利性的组织,按照法律规定不能向公众推荐候选人或者为候选人背书(Endorsement),但是我们呼吁每一位华裔选民珍视手中的选票,把自己神圣的一票投给自己信任和支持的候选人,这就是华裔最强有力的表达。

今年4月27日至5月5日是提前投票日,5月9日是投票日。选民登记必须在5月9日的30天之前完成。我们建议到目前为止还没有登记注册的有选举资格的华裔同胞尽快在4月9日前完成选举登记。登记的具体方法,请访问福遍县官方选举网站:

http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=343

或者,哈利斯县(Harris County)官方选举网站(有完整中文解说):

http://www.harrisvotes.com/Chinese/Default.aspx

休斯敦华裔联盟

2015年3月24日

A Call for Action to Vote in the Local Elections in May

Dear Chinese American Friends of the Greater Houston Area:

The annual local elections will be here on May 9 this year. We are calling for all eligible U.S. citizens of Chinese descent to come out and cast your vote in the upcoming election.

The local elections happen once every year. Compared to the mid-term or the general elections, the local elections are much smaller in scale. However, local elections are of equal importance due to the fact they are intended for elections of local officials and the results will impact our lives on a daily basis. For example, the re-election of ISD Board of Trustees and its results affect the direction or the path where the ISD leads in the next year. We simply do not have any reason not to pay attention to what is happening in the school district where our children attend school every day.

Another key benefit of coming out and vote is to demonstrate the significance of Chinese-American votes in the American society. Although Chinese Americans still constitute a small percentage of the overall US population at a national level, we are a sizable presence in the demographics of the Greater Houston area. Sadly, not all Chinese American in Houston vote. As a matter of fact, only a small portion of Chinese Americans eligible to vote exercise this basic right as a citizen. If we do not let our voices be heard on our choices of local officials with our own casted votes, we run the risk of letting our concerns ignored and our best interests mis-represented. This is why we, at the Houston Chinese Alliance (HCA), would like to call for action for every eligible Chinese American to come out and cast your vote in the 2015 local elections.

Today we are happy to observe two promising Chinese American women Kathy Li and JJ Clemence declaring their intention to run for the second and sixth position in the Fort Bend County ISD Board of Trustees. This is a giant step towards getting involved in local politics and towards elevating the image of Chinese Americans through enhancing our influences in the modern society of the U.S. today. Houston Chinese Alliance (HCA) is a non-political and non-profit organization. We want to abide by law and do not intend to promote or endorse any candidate for any public offices. However, we would like to reiterate to all vote-eligible Chinese Americans to cherish the ballot in your hands and cast your solemn vote for the candidate you trust and support. By doing so, we let our voice be heard.

We would like to remind you the following key dates: early voting is from April 27 through May 5 with May 9 the actual voting day for the local elections. All voting members will need to register 30 days before the 9th of May in order to vote. We highly recommend that those who are eligible but have not registered do so before the 9th of April. For details on how to register, please visit the official website of Fort Bend County at: http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=343. Or, visit the official Harris County election website with Chinese translations at: http://www.harrisvotes.com/Chinese/Default.aspx

Houston Chinese Alliance (HCA)

March 24, 2015