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New Citizens Vote: Voter Education & Empowerment

UPDATE 9/27/2016: Voter Education Guides are now available in multiple languages:

about new citizens vote louisville

New Citizens Vote Louisville is a nonpartisan project involving many partners in Louisville, Kentucky, to encourage refugees and immigrants who have naturalized to get out and vote in the 2016 election. “We don’t care who you vote for, we just want you to vote!” says KRM’s Emily Vitale, one of the project organizers. “Voting seems like a basic right for those of us born here, but many people are coming from countries with broken governments.  This might be the very first time they can have their vote count.”

This project is organized by non-profits, government entities, and ethnic community-based organizations to meet community needs and educate the public about registration, voting information, and resources available for new voters. Official partners include KRM, Kentucky Office for Refugees, Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, League of Women Voters, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, St. Rita Hispanic Ministry, and Highland Presbyterian Church.


Organizers outreach to new citizens at Naturalization Oath Ceremonies and other Community events, providing voter education materials and voter registration cards to approximately 800 households. Members of the initiative collect contact info for participants who need help later with transportation to the polls, reminders about election day, and more.

Voter Education Guide

Download the complete Voter Education Guide in English. Other languages are available above.

important dates

October 11, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline. Register or review your registration online at

November 8, 2016: Election Day

upcoming events

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2: Voter registration at a soccer tournament organized by the Bhutanese Society of Kentucky, ending with a recognition ceremony of elderly Bhutanese who have become United States citizens.

Sunday, October 2: Voter registration organized by the Crescent Hill Baptist Church for the Karen and Chin congregations. They will host upcoming Voter Education events later in October.


Learn why #NewCitizensVote by joining the conversation on the project’s Facebook page. You can see pictures of new citizens in Louisville and learn why voting matters to them.

Get Involved

Email KRM’s Emily Vitale for more information or to get involved with mailing voter education guides and more.

New Citizens Vote is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit effort to increase voter engagement through registration and education activities. No candidates, political parties, or legislation are endorsed or opposed by this project, and all distribution of materials is free of charge.