Now, in 23 of the cases people are pleading guilty. Interestingly, many of those putting in a guilty plea are undocumented. Which means they are up for deportation. Which means, in practical terms, why fight it if you're just going to be deported? (Pleading guilty gets you a lesser sentence.)
The good folks at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (one of the organizations filing suit) have been keeping tabs on problems and reporting them to the Board of Elections, but not always getting a response.
As we reported in Issue 5 of Hyphen, Asian Americans have low voter participation, lower than other minority groups. With all the barriers people face at the polls, no wonder. I'm not saying that's the only reason that people don't exercise their right to vote, but it certainly creates another hurdle where there shouldn't be one.