Through comprehensive civic engagement, VAYLA encourages our multi-generational community members to not only vote, but to participate in all civic areas by learning the tools necessary to lead and organize for social change. Our goal is to bring awareness and visibility to the AAPI community in the Greater New Orleans Area through digital media, phone-banking and partnering with local community partners to provide in-language civic engagement resources. We explore conversations of identity, racial and ethnic solidarity, and how these issues can be exacerbated and potentially resolved through civic participation and civic education. Our program initiatives are rooted in our commitment to fortifying our AAPI communities through comprehensive civic engagement.

VAYLA’s Annual Voter Guide is Here! (*Vietnamese Translations Coming Soon)

Local Elections & Voter Education

Register to vote in our upcoming elections by visiting and create your voting plan!

Fall 2022: Open Congressional Primary Election

October 11, 2022 In person/by mail registration deadline

October 18, 2022 Online registration deadline

October 25-November 1, 2022 (excluding Sun 10/30) 8:30AM–6PM Early voting period

November 4, 2022 by 4:30PM Mail ballot request deadline

November 7, 2022 by 4:30PM Deadline to turn in mail-in ballots

November 8, 2022 6AM–8PM ELECTION DAY

Civic Engagement Vocab

Civic Engagement Vocab Breakdown! Through this series we want to make commonly used but confusing terms more accessible to our community. Exercising our right to vote is just as powerful as educating our communities on what this all means. Click the following images to learn more!

Civic Vocab Breakdown - US Senate
Each state elects two senators with staggered six-year terms. the US Senate is a group of 100 elected officials who decide federal (national) laws and policies. Senators evaluate presidential nominees for executive and judicial posts and provide oversight of federal government operations.
Civic Vocab Breakdown - Court of Appeal Fourth Circuit
The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal is one of the five circuit courts of appeal in Louisiana that handle appeals in criminal court cases. The fourth circuit's jurisdiction covers Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes.
Civic Vocab Breakdown - US House of Representatives
Elected to a two-year term, each rep. serves the people of a specific congressional district by introducing bills and serving on committees, among other duties. As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws.
Civic Vocab Breakdown - School Board
Comprised of seven elected officials, each of whom represent a portion of Orleans Parish. This board meets both as a full board and in smaller committees that make recommendations to the full board. These meetings are free and open to the public.
Civic Vocab Breakdown - Municipal and Traffic Court
The Municipal and Traffic Court is a limited jurisdiction court that administers hearings regarding traffic violations and some misdemeanor citations.
Civic Vocab Breakdown - Public Service Commision
Exercises regulatory jurisdiction over public utilities providing electric, water, wastewater, natural gas and certain telecommunications services in Louisiana. (Along with other regulatory authority).

Other is Not My Identity Petition

VAYLA has launched a petition for inclusion.

The language of “other” is a microcosm of the hierarchical narrative of white supremacy that reigns in our country and leaves communities more susceptible to the dehumanization and violence that disenfranchisement creates.

When it comes to data collection and dissemination, Louisiana does not celebrate or acknowledge our diversity. Data is only broken down into three categories: White, Black, and Other, erasing the countless contributions of non-Black/non-White communities, as well as the needs of each of those communities.

Sign and share the petition at
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Additional Resources

Community Space Interests Survey


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