SikhVOTE Voter Registration in Virginia

October 4th, 2017

With elections in Virginia quickly approaching, SALDEF staff and volunteers have been busy registering voters at Gurdwaras across Virginia in preparation for the elections on November 7th, 2017.

In 1923, the Supreme Court proclaimed that Sikh Americans could not become citizens — we could not vote and were denied a voice in our country. Today, we have the right to vote, the right to share our voice and determine the direction of our nation. Many leaders including Bhagat Singh Thind, made great sacrifices to ensure these rights.

SALDEF’s SikhVote Initiative was created to solidify these rights and ensure that Sikh Americans can and do exercise their voting rights. By voting, we can influence the decisions our elected officials make which impact our rights. Increasing the number of Sikh Americans registered to vote is one of the best ways to build and strengthen our community’s voice, presence and political capacity.

SALDEF encourages all Virginia Sikh Americans to fully exercise their rights and register to vote by the October 16th deadline!

Visit to register now.

For more materials on voter registration in English and Punjabi, please visit

Join our SikhVOTE efforts today by volunteering at a registration drive, registering new Sikh American voters at your local Gurdwara, and encouraging registered Sikh Americans to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you are interested in volunteering to help empower our community through voting, please contact

To ensure that we are able to continue to do this important work, please make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support SALDEF by clicking here or going to on your mobile device now.


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