With Nearly 40% of AAPI Voters Unaffiliated with a Political Party, This Growing Voting Bloc Remains Up for Grabs
Nearly two in five Asian Americans who are registered voters didn’t identify as either a Democrat or Republican, according to findings from a Spring 2016 report released by nonprofits APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, along with AAPI Data. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), who also serves as Vice Chair of the DNC, said the party isn’t taking any chances when it comes to reaching Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters, who account for around 4% of the electorate. “The Republican Party in the past has been active in wooing AAPI voters, and so that reminds our party that we need to do a better job,” Meng said. In the 2016 presidential election, both parties pursued this voting bloc, which is part of the fastest growing racial group, according to the Pew Research Center, and is expected to double by 2040. While voter turnout for Asian Americans was less than for African Americans and whites, it was slightly higher than Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center. Meng said the conventional wisdom of almost any campaign is to target voters who have participated in the last one to three elections. But for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, she added, outreach has to extend beyond that. More here.