Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was founded in 2007 with a vision to increase civic engagement among Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). As a national, nonpartisan organization, APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.
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Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare just how critical broadband access is to our everyday lives. This is especially true for Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Asian American unemployment rates are higher than their white counterparts, Asian students returning to in-person learning at lower rates due to fears of anti-Asian hate, and Pacific Islanders remain one of the most at-risk ethnic groups dying from COVID-19. Without reliable, high-speed internet access, accessing unemployment benefits, online learning, or healthcare becomes all the more out of reach. The digital divide in our communities is clearer now than ever before, and we cannot ignore the gap any longer.
WASHINGTON, DC - Bob Sakaniwa, Senior Policy Advisor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), issued the following statement after the Build Back Better Act passed the House of Representatives.
The survey reveals many insights on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, including their voting plans for House and Senate races in 2020, and various issue priorities such as education, health care, and the state of the economy.Key Findings
The Asian American electorate will double from 5.9 million Asian American voters in 2015 to 12.2 million voters by 2040.
States like Nevada (140% growth), Florida (98% growth), and Virginia (96% growth) have seen tremendous growth in the AAPI population since 2000.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain the fastest growing populations, at a rate of 46% and 40%, respectively, between 2000 and 2010.
One in four Congressional Districts have more than 5% AAPI residents, and AAPIs exceed 5% of the population in nearly 600 cities or municipalities.
Asian Americans are "up for grabs" in terms of political party identification—46% of Asian Americans do not identify with a political party.