Indian American votes will make a huge difference in swing states

Ajay Bhutoria-

US election is decided by the voters of “battleground” states or “swing states” or “toss-up” states, and define the Electoral College of 270.

The eight states which will decide the 2020 Presidential election outcome include four northern states (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota) and three southern states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina) as well as Arizona. Collectively, these eight states have 127 electoral votes.

These states represent a diverse population living in these states and have varying economic backgrounds and are dependent on industries ranging from agriculture to manufacturing to tourism. And they’ve been impacted by Covid-19 in different ways and at different times — disrupting their economies, forcing people to stay at home, and even changing how people cast their ballots.

Within each of these swing states I believe, “the roadmap ahead for Vice President Joe Biden and Trump is clear. The president must max out his performance with rural voters. Biden needs a robust turnout in the big cities

Vice President Biden’s easiest path to the presidency revolves around winning the states Hilary Clinton won in 2016, as well as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. This gets VP Biden to 278 electoral votes. Or the second best way would be to win the Clinton states, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and This will gets VP Joe Biden to exactly 270 electoral votes.

And if Biden were to win every state carried by Hillary Clinton along with the seven battleground states in which he’s currently leading Trump (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), he would walk away with at least a 347 electoral votes. A win requires only 270 electoral votes.

On the other hand, for Trump to win in 2020, he’d likely need to win at least five of the states in which Biden currently leads: Arizona (+3.4 points), Florida (+1.3 points), Pennsylvania (+4.7 points), North Carolina (+0.8 points), and Ohio (+3.3 points). If he wins those, Trump can likely afford to lose battleground states like Michigan (+5.2 points) and Wisconsin (+7 points) where Biden is currently leading.

The Indian American Votes will be the margin of victory and make the winning difference in battleground states.

In 2016 Trump had a narrow win in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This 2020 cycle the Indo Americans /South Asians are doing extensive outreach to voters in 14+ Languages through thousands of phone banking calls each week and are determined to turn out the 1.3 million Indo American votes for VP Biden. Per a recent survey, 80 % of Indo Americans in Battleground states are going to vote for VP Biden. There are 125,000 Indian American voters in Michigan, 156,000 in Pennsylvania, and 37,000 in Wisconsin and their Votes in addition to all voters voting for VP Biden will help win these states.

Indian American votes will also make a huge difference in battleground states as well such as Florida (eligible voter base of 193,000), Georgia (150,000), North Carolina (111,000), Texas (475,000), and Arizona (66,000).

Several Indo American Organizations are reaching out to the voters through regular phone banking, text banking. we have launched digital social media advertisements through graphics in 14 languages, Bollywood based Get out the Vote videos. The community is engaged and we will see a bigger turnout voting for VP Biden-Harris and elect them as our next President and Vice President. VP Biden will lead us out of long 4 years of darkness into the path of Growth, Love, Equality, and Light !!

The fact remains that except for making some shrill but general statements on turning the US more protectionist, Trump has not really done anything substantive to grow a relationship with India neither on the trade front nor on immigration. He has made tougher to get Green cards or H1 Visas.  Trump has Revoked India’s Special Trade Partner Status and Levied Tariffs on Indian Imports. Trump has cut visitor Visa/Student visa and H1 visa to Indian Immigrants. In the 1st Debate, Trump clubbed India with China and Russia, saying India’s COVID numbers cannot be trusted, thereby directly questioning the Modi government’s Integrity on a world stage and hurting India’s Reputation. India has managed COVID much much better than trumps COVID mess Management. Trump has continued to blame India’s Greed for the withdrawal of Paris Climate Agreement and Falsely Claimed that PM Modi asked Trump to Intervene in Kashmir. Trump even lied and Falsely Claimed that PM Modi asked Trump to Mediate Dispute with China. Trump had no trade deals signed with India so far.- Both times the two leaders met, nothing came out of it. They were in talks of trade and working together on a lot of issues but nothing came out of either conversation. The relationship they have is merely based on pictures.

Hate crimes towards the South Asian communities have skyrocketed in the Trump Admin. You won’t hear Trump saying anything or addressing anything with that,

Joe Biden is the Best Friend India can have to further Indo-US relationships. Vice President Biden laid the foundation of furthering Strong ties with India during Obama /Biden Administration. Biden has clear policies and direction, which will help effectively resolve issues, faced by Indo American Community in the US and grow Indo-US Bilateral Relationships at all levels, People-to-People, Business to Business and Industry and Industry.

Biden Administration will support for UNSC permanent seat for India at the United Nations Security Council.

On Trade, Five years ago, Biden set the goal of $500 billion in two-way trade. And he and President Obama talked about this as being the defining partnership of the 21st century

Biden plans to  Counter Rise in Hate Crimes. From grocery stores to workplaces to simply being in their community, many AAPIs, including Sikh, Hindu, and Muslim Americans, have continually faced discrimination and hate, which is further exacerbated by Trump’s dangerous rhetoric and fanning the flames of hate. When the rights and freedoms of some are threatened by hate, it threatens us all. The Obama-Biden Administration added “Anti-Sikh” and “Anti-Hindu” to the Department of Justice’s hate crime reporting categories. The administration also provided resources and worked with local leaders to combat bullying directed at the AAPI community. Joe will make clear that hate has no safe harbor in this country. And, his Justice Department will prioritize prosecuting hate crimes.

Trump has currently suspended the H1 Visa and other visa programs and the Greencard process are hugely delayed. Joe Biden will support family-based immigration and preserve family unification as a core principle of our immigration system, which includes reducing the family visa backlog. Biden committed that during his first 100 days, the focus will be on streamlining the naturalization process, to make it easier for qualified green card holders to move through the backlog. This is huge for thousands of H1B workers who live are uncertain due to pending Green card processes. Trump has caused further delay. Biden will reduce the backlogs.

Biden will increase the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions and exempt from any cap recent graduates of Ph.D. programs in STEM fields. And, he will support first reforming the temporary visa system for high-skill, specialty workers to protect wages, then expanding the number of visas offered and eliminating the limits on employment-based visas by country. He will restore and defend the naturalization process for green cardholders. And, he will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country by setting the annual global refugee admissions target to 125,000 and seek to raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.  He will also work with Congress to establish a minimum admissions number of 95,000 refugees annually. Joe will remove the uncertainty for Dreamers by reinstating the DACA program and explore all legal options to protect their families from inhumane separation. As president, Joe will end workplace raids and  Protect other sensitive locations from immigration enforcement actions. No one should be afraid to seek medical attention, or go to school, their job, or their place of worship for fear of an immigration enforcement action.

Biden Administration will have no tolerance for terrorism in South Asia.

Biden Administration will handle China’s relationships effectively. Joe Biden would sanction China for its plan to impose new national security rules on Hong Kong. His campaign on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of having “enabled” Beijing’s curbs on freedoms in the former British colony. A Biden administration would “fully enforce” the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, “including sanctions on officials, financial institutions, companies, and individuals,”

In India and China’s Quest for Strategic Dominance in Indo Pacific Region. Biden Administration will be strategic to bring US-India closer.

On the face of it, most Indian Americans would say, without hesitation, that Biden would be a better President and World Leader and better for India on all counts.

Biden wins— as seems likely New Delhi would find a natural partner who will walk the talk.

In the first debate, We saw two vastly different types of leadership during last night’s presidential debate. While Joe Biden outlined a vision for a unified, big-hearted America, Trump doubled down on the same blind partisanship and divisive rhetoric he’s been pushing since he was on the campaign trail four years ago.

So much of who we are as Americans are at stake in this election. And while our choice could not be clearer, the road to get there will be tough.

The closer we get to Election Day, the more Donald Trump and his allies are showing they will push our democratic institutions to their limits in their relentless pursuit of power. Right now is the time to focus on doing everything we can to elect Joe, Kamala, and Democratic candidates running in key races around the country who will pull us back from the brink. Take it from me — this final month of the campaign will be among the toughest yet,

Joe Biden is a leader; Trump is a Tweeter. America needs a leader. Not a Tweeter.

The choice is clear for voting in Nov 2020.  Biden and Supporters are  In Battle For The Soul Of This Nation:’ Joe Biden Says Now Is Moment For Country To Deal With Systematic Racism, Economic Inequity. Biden is not running just as an anti-Trump candidate, Biden has shared his vision to rebuild middle class, economy, restore  American leadership in the world, deal with Systematic racism, economic Inequity, Support for Small Businesses, Immigration Reform, plan for rural America. Joe has a Vision for America and Restore the Soul of our Nation and Build upon

It is time to work hard to elect Biden as the next President of the United States and Harris as the next Vice President of the United States.

To make this dream come true, here are Few things as a supporter you can do to help Biden-Harris win this Election.

Give Biden-Harris your wholehearted, full-throated support.

Organize Mobilize massive numbers of voters to vote for Biden.

Register People to Vote

Host a Grassroot event for Biden

Donate to Biden Campaign

Become a Grassroot fundraiser for Biden

Make Phone calls or Text for Biden.

Continue Share Biden’s  Vision and Agenda with People you know.

Create Calendar Invite for Your Friends to Vote on election day.

Start with this question: Why do you think Donald Trump needs to be defeated? Take that issue and tell 20 friends on your favorite social media platform why you think Donald Trump needs to be defeated. There are plenty to pick from.

Include in that note a reminder to register to vote and a link and a calendar invite for election day. If you are really ambitious you can include details about the voting laws in their state and encourage them to request an absentee ballot.

Follow up with the people you reached out to. Keep track of your friends. Make your own regular check-ins with a group to report in your progress of reaching out to friends, family, and neighbors.

Spend 15 minutes a week reaching out. If you like it, spend 30 minutes- 1 hour a week or an hour. Every little bit counts.

The change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

What are you waiting for?  Get started. Go Vote for Biden, Harris  !!


[Ajay Bhutoria is an author, community leader, tech entrepreneur and on the National Finance Committee for Biden for President 2020 and a leader on the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Leadership Council for Biden for President. The views expressed are his own and Inputs based on Joe Biden Fact sheets from]