CA sees big jump in Asian American registered voters

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The numbers are in – the fastest growing minority group is also the fastest growing voters block.

“This is a growing number,” said Dan Ichinose, of Demographic Research Project, “and 2012, we saw a 60 percent increase in the number of Asian-Americans registered to vote in California.”

Out of some one million and a half Asian-American registered voters, nearly 374,000 Filipinos are only second to 462,000 Chinese registered voters.

Six in 10 registered Asian voters in California are immigrants.

The 2010 Census shows Filipinos are the largest Asian-American group in California at 1.5 million.

Overall, a quarter of Filipino-Californians are registered to vote. Community leaders believe those numbers can make or break a vote.

One possible reason for the increase is Asian-Americans are more concerned about certain issues.

“They are interested in issues with education and jobs and the economy,” said Stewart Kwoh, AAAJ executive director. “So Asian-Americans have an interest in all these issues, and immigration is one of the key issues that they’re concerned about.”

Philippine-born DREAMer Anthony Ng says even non-U.S. citizens are participating more in the election process.

“I think there’s been an increase in participation of Filipino-Americans overall, whether it’s educating other Filipinos about what’s the issues that matter to our community, the election process,” said Ng.

Advocates say voter outreach programs and material in native languages has been one of the biggest factors in the large number of Asian-American immigrants at the poll.

The Asian-American voting trend is continuing to grow. The projected 1.7 million Asian-America voters are expected to make up 11 percent of the voters for the 2016 presidential election.

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  • Mario
    1 November 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Asian American should follow LaRaza voting strategy, vote Latino only(Any Party) Non-Latino VS Non-Latino, vote Republican. A Democrat defeat will create vacuum within the party, and it is easier to win on the primary since Latino control the majority population.Immigration reform is 98% Latino, 2%European, Asian, African.Obama will retire in CA. Michelle Obama will run for Senator by 2018,and will depend on the LaRaza votes, to replace retiring Sen D Feinstaine.Jeb Bush, GOP speak fluent Spanish including his children will run for President.Latino votes will decide future elections.Asian American should join force with LaRaza to survived.