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APIAVote Celebrates Historic AAPI Voter Turnout
"2020 has solidified AAPI voters as the margin of victory," Executive Director Christine Chen said in a
We did it. As the final vote counts come in, there is already incredible early vote turnout in several key states from
AAPI voters. Not only that, but our communities have proved that they can come out in record numbers.
In a statement from last week, Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote noted that "This election saw a
record-breaking number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters turn out to vote for the next
President of the United States. As the vote counts are finalized, recent data from Catalist revealed a 310%
increase in AAPI early voters from 4 million in 2020 compared to 1.25 million in 2016."
Among the topline reasons for the surge in AAPI voters this year:
Early grassroots engagement: Community groups and leaders organized not only around the election but also
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the 2020 census to spark interest leading up to the election. APIAVote worked with local groups to host over 50 trainings for thousands of
community members on the importance of civic engagement and voter education.
Increased partisan outreach: Both Republicans and Democrats built larger community engagement programs this cycle, but there is still a
massive need for earlier investments and ongoing engagement from the parties and campaigns.
Targeted (and translated) voter outreach: APIAVote reached over 700,000 households leading up to the election through non-partisan and in-
language phonebanking, textbanking and a comprehensive mail program that covered 20 states and 13 different languages.
Election protection: In conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, APIAVote received thousands of calls from voters to the 888-
API-VOTE hotline in the weeks leading up to the election.
We'd like to thank our staff, our national and local partners, student ambassadors, and supporters for showing the power of the AAPI vote!
Together, we will continue to make sure that every voter understands their power and has an equal opportunity to vote in every election.
Community Leaders Share Outreach
Efforts in Press Briefing
Leaders from battleground states shared their thoughts on AAPI
voter turnout and their engagement strategies.
AAPI voters proved to be critical in the presidential election. This
year, in presidential battleground states, 911,393 AAPI voters turned
out to vote early — 21% more voters than the entire AAPI turnout in
those states in 2016.
To shed light on the work our partners did on the ground, APIAVote
held a press briefing featuring remarks from organizers and
community leaders in key battleground states -- including Arizona,
Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Texas -- on how they mobilized their
communities this election cycle, what issues resonate with AAPI
voters, and why turnout increased in their states.