Asian American and Pacific Islander voters may soon face potential shift in political power

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing demographic in the United States but are often overlooked.

Election official Henry Tung displays a sheet of “I Voted” stickers in various languages at a polling station at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Monterey Park is one of six cities in California’s 49th Assembly District, the state’s first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

As we saw in a recent episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, our voting power is growing. With candidates like Andrew Yang, awareness is increasing in our communities.

The heightened visibility of Asian American and Pacific Islander presidential candidates coincides with the potentially increased influence voters from the same demographic may have on the 2020 primaries, especially in California, where mail-in ballots are set to begin being counted on February 3, 2020 – the same day as the Iowa caucuses. With nearly ten times more delegates at stake in California than Iowa (495 to 49), voting patterns in the Golden State could determine who ends up cinching the Democratic nomination.

Across the U.S., Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up approximately six percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census. Data collected in 2018 shows the Hispanic population comprises about 18% of total population in the U.S.; Blacks make up about 13 percent of the total population, and the bulk of the total population, just over 75%, is White.

U.S. Census data also shows that Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up just over 15 percent of the population of California.

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