Immigrants could determine outcome of election
Research shows North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing immigrant electorates in the country, with the number eligible to vote tripling in the last two decades.Posted — Updated
Originally from India, the family immigrated to the United States in 1998 but couldn't vote until they became naturalized American citizens.
"My parents definitely take a lot of pride in the fact that they can vote," said Ananya Ranjan, who was 3 years old when she moved with her parents to the U.S.
"Exercising that human right of being able to vote people into the office is a big deal to them," she says, "They care about it a lot."
Before immigrants can vote in a federal election, they must become U.S. citizens through naturalization. Pew Research data shows that, in the 2020 presidential election, more than 23 million immigrants are eligible to vote. The majority of them are either Hispanic or Asian.
Vandana Ranjan says immigrants have a unique international perspective in an election. Immigrants, she says, helped America grow and become stronger. Now it's time for them to participate in the election process, too.
"When you get the right to vote, the right to select the right candidate who will help all the citizens and immigrants of this country, it's our responsibility to [do] that," she said.
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