Relatively small voting blocks, such as Bangladeshi-Americans, may have a significant impact on the outcome of this year’s US presidential election. Analysts believe this. However, many such communities say they still do not see the aggressive propaganda of political parties.
A large number of Bangladeshi-Americans live in states such as New York. They also have a significant presence in fiercely competitive areas such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. In the 2016 elections, the number of votes the two main candidates received in these two states was very low.
Elected Democrat Mohammed Hassan of Michigan’s Hamtram Council says Bangladeshi-American voters may support Democrat candidate Joe Biden. However, so far there is little enthusiasm in the community.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Mohammad Hasan, a self-proclaimed campaigner for Joe Biden. He says that none of the top leadership of the team has contacted him yet.
A survey of the National Asian American Survey after the 2016 election found that less than 31 percent of Bangladeshi-Americans had approached any party about the election.
Michigan is considered a battleground in this election. There are approximately more than 20,000 registered Bangladeshi-American voters. Most of them live in the Hamtram area. In 2016, Trump won the state by only 12,000 votes.
Analysts believe that if a relatively small community or voting blocs, such as Bangladeshi-Americans, vote with full force, it could change the margin of victory for the winning candidate.
In 2016, Bangladeshi-Americans widely supported Hillary Clinton. But this time Democrats are expecting more voters.
Mohammad Hasan said that he too has noticed something unusual in the Bangladeshi community this year.
He said that there are many people who are thinking about voting for Trump because of the benefits they receive during the coronation unemployment. Many of them had high coronary unemployment benefits that they had earned in the previous month. He hopes that if Donald Trump wins, he can get the same benefit again.
The first is Bangladeshi-American and a Muslim-American American Ambassador M. Osman Siddiqui. He hopes that four years of experience under Trump will inspire this community to go to the polls in large numbers.
“We are making the community aware that their vote is important,” said M Usman Siddiqui, who is involved in the Democratic Party’s political campaign.
He thinks that the younger generation of Bangladeshi-Americans is highly motivated. It will also help ensure their parents vote in person or by postal ballot.
Fatma Haque, vice president of Rising Voice, a nonprofit Asian American family operating in Michigan. He is conducting phone banking and online programs to encourage Bangladeshi-American voters.
He said that as a result of coronaviruses, people do not get the opportunity to go door-to-door at this time. In addition, language and technology have become a hindrance to the older generation.
Fatema Haq said,. I speak Bengali. Therefore phone calls are effective for them. However, they have not been able to participate in Zoom and many other large voter awareness programs.
He is expecting high votes among older men and women. However, they have seen the presence of strong gender segregation among the younger generation.
Fatema Haq said that girls of the same age may be more likely to vote than boys in their 20s.
A young Bangladeshi-American doctor who had already voted in the referendum says many of his friends who supported Barney Sanders in the primary were not attracted to Biden.
He says that many people are even saying that Trump will win anyway. So what is the use of going to the elections! The woman doctor agreed not to reveal her name due to her professional restrictions.
Council member Mohammad Hassan believes that if Democrats are serious about the Bangladeshi voter, they will have to go door-to-door and campaign aggressively.
“I see no reason why we should not go out for shopping and food (for campaigning),” he said.
Council member Mohammad Hasan said: “I have been elected thrice. I know that communication is effective for the Bengali community, not phone calls, but personal communication.