Here is another set of elections that Tibetan Americans need to pay attention to in the coming months. It is the 2010 United States midterm elections that will be held on November 2, 2010. There will be elections both at the federal level in both the House and the Senate as well as at the local level in some states, whether it is the state legislatures, the Governor’s or Mayor’s position.
All 435 members in the House of Representatives and 37 of the 100 members in the Senate will be elected in this election.
This year’s elections, particularly at the federal level, are important because we the voters will determine who gets the leadership power in the Congress; whether Republicans or Democrats will run the House and Senate. This will impact the functioning of the Congress as the leading party will run the committees that can affect our everyday life from taxes to health care.
Tibetan Americans can care about the Kalon Tripa and the Tibetan Parliament elections. But as an integral part of the American society we also need to educate ourselves on the elections here and to make ourselves relevant to the American society. We are a part of the influential Asian American community and need to assert ourselves more. Currently, the American society only looks at the Tibetans as merely a “foreign” entity and we need to show that Tibetan American culture is part of the broader American culture now. Asian American organizations, including one called the 80/20 Initiative, are already making their case relating to the upcoming elections.
There are several ways in which we can do this.
Register to vote so that you can make your case in a concrete way. Be sure that you cast your vote on November 2 and if you think you will be away then you can look for opportunity to cast your absentee ballots.
You can even think of becoming a poll worker or involve yourself in other aspects of the election process. More information can be got from the website of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The EAC serves “as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.” It also provides voter guides.
If you have aspiration for any elected posts in the United States you can visit the website of the Federal Election Commission. It has information on how you can involve yourself and be a part of the political system in this country.
Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, take action so that we do not contribute to the voter apathy that may have impact later on.