Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters represent one of the fastest growing voting blocs in the United States, doubling in size since 1996 to over nine million eligible voters today. In the 2014 midterm, the AAPI turnout rate had the highest growth among all groups since the last midterm. Despite this upswing, as a new citizen population AAPI voting and registration rates lag 12 to 15 points behind the national average. This gap serves as a reminder and inspiration to us in the nonprofit sector to consider how our efforts can best support and engage this growing community.
Nonprofit VOTE is partnering with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) to meet this challenge head on: AAPCHO has embarked on a three-year strategy to mobilize its members – predominantly Asian-serving federally qualified health centers – to engage in voter registration, education, and advocacy activities, and to help close the gaps in participation among AAPI voters. Nonprofit VOTE is providing voter engagement support and guidance to participating health centers in eight states. See our new factsheet on how health centers can conduct registration and promote voting while respecting patient privacy under HIPAA. We are excited to help increase our sector’s knowledge about strategies and tactics to effectively engage this important and growing electorate. Learn more about AAPCHO and our other partners.