Election Day 2012

An historic election is poised to occur in Queens, where Democratic representative Grace Meng stands to become New York’s first Asian-American Congresswoman.

By Kathryn Dill

Some have called it the year of the Asian voter, but in Flushing, Queens—a community known for its strong voter turnout—Nov. 6 is just another Election Day.

In the neighborhood’s crowded business district, which flows on Main Street between Northern and Kissenna Boulevards, awnings bear the occasional English phrase, but are printed primarily for Asian residents to read in their native languages.

Campaign signs touting the candidacy of Democrats Grace Meng and Ron Kim fill the windows of bakeries and convenience stores. A Starbucks employee stands on the sidewalk asking if passersby have voted.

“We’ve been packed since we opened up,” said Leola Wayne, coordinator of the polling site at Flushing House Residence for Adults. Wayne says she’s experienced roughly 10 elections from the perspective of…

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