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Alba L. Villarreal
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avillarreal@galeo.org

Newly Naturalized Voters in Georgia Are Determinant on the Outcome of the Upcoming Midterm Elections, New Report Reveals


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2022

Newly Naturalized Voters in Georgia Are Determinant on the Outcome of the Upcoming Midterm Elections, New Report Reveals

WHAT: The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), GALEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, and CASA will hold a joint press conference to present a report on the demographic profile of New American Voters in Georgia and showcase how their votes can fundamentally impact the results in the upcoming midterm elections.

WHO: Nicole Melaku, NPNA
Jerry González, GALEO
Phi Nguyen, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
Giselle Rodriguez, SEIU Workers United Southern Region
Testimonial of New Citizen, Member of CASA Georgia
Other speakers to be added soon

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 – Glenn Room B
Entrance for those with camera equipment: Security Door Entrance
Entrance for those without camera equipment: Pre-Function Entrance
See NCCHR map here for reference
The event will also be streamed on @npnewamericans and GALEO Facebook Live simultaneously

ATLANTA – The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) Service Employees International Union (SEIU), GALEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, and CASA will hold a joint press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to present the Georgia New American Voters 2022 report that reveals important demographic data on nearly 96,000 newly naturalized citizens since 2016 in Georgia and the potential impact their vote will have in the November midterm elections.

At a time when racial, xenophobic, and anti-immigrant rhetoric is spreading across the states, these newly naturalized citizens, who are multi-cultural, multi-racial, and composed of a slight majority of women, can use their powerful voices at the polls and influence election outcomes in the politically crucial state of Georgia.

During the press conference, more details of the report will be discussed, including:
Georgia is home to 96,469 citizens who naturalized between 2016 and 2020, exceeding the state’s November 2020 presidential election margin of victory of 11,779 votes by over eight times.

Newly naturalized citizens in Georgia are racially and ethnically diverse, with a vast majority coming from Asia and the Americas: 37,773 (39%) from Asia and 34,479 (36%) from the Americas. 15,510 (16%) are from Africa. Each of these groups is larger than the 11,779-vote margin of victory during the November 2020 presidential election.
Georgia ranks first in the New American Voters Impact Model, created by the NPNA to showcase the potential of this critical group of voters to influence the outcome of midterm elections.

The report’s findings are based on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data on naturalization from 2016 to 2020, as well as naturalization applications that the agency approved in 2021.

The New American Voters campaign is a non-partisan nationwide effort coordinated by NPNA to encourage newly naturalized citizens to register and vote. It includes partnerships with the country’s leading immigrant and refugee advocacy, service organizations, cities and counties, including local advocacy organizations. This campaign aims to empower newly naturalized citizens to utilize their electoral force by increasing voter registration efforts and turnout rates for the upcoming November elections.

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