A new report out this morning from the Center for American Progress finds the number of Asian American voters has increased anywhere from 16 to 35 percent in each of the last four national elections over the previous election.
This while the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters has nearly doubled to 3.9 million in the last decade.Researchers Karthick Ramakrishnan and Farah Z. Ahmad found at the current rate Asian Americans should make up 5 percent of all voters by 2025 and 10 percent by 2044.
Despite the rapid growth, the rate of voter participation lags behind other groups. Asian Americans are less likely to register to vote and less likely to become citizens. The rate of voter participation differs among the different Asian subgroups with Japanese American, Indian Americans and Hmong Americans voting at a higher rate than Chinese Americans.
Korean Americans have among the lowest rate of voting.
However, Asian American have roughly the same rate as whites for volunteering for campaigns and contributing money to campaigns. Yet Asian Americans lag behind whites in contacting their public officials and engaging in community activism.
This report is the latest in a series on the state of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. You can read it in its entirety at the Center for American Progress.