Voter registration represents the first step toward political engagement and empowerment. Due to high immigration rates and unfamiliarity with the political system, APAs have some of the lowest voter registration rates among all racial groups. However, research has proven that once APAs are registered, they turn out to vote at rates that mirror their white counterparts.
Voter registration rates among Asian Pacific Americans have steadily increased over the past decade. In 2000, 52.4% of eligible APAs registered to vote. In 2004, 51.8% and in 2008, 55.3% of eligible APAs registered to vote.
Census Bureau’s Voting and Registration in: