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New analysis of Asian American voters reveals they skew younger, lean Democratic

  • Over 13.3 million Asian Americans will be eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.
  • The nonpartisan fact tank noted that Asian Americans continue to be the fastest-growing group of eligible voters in the past two decades.
  • The analysis found that a slight majority (56%) of Asian American eligible voters live in just five states, with California having the highest concentration at 4.2 million.
  • Hawaii, however, is the only state where Asian Americans compose the majority (55%) of all eligible voters, and within its Asian American population has the highest share of eligible voters (seven-in-10).
  • Asian American eligible voters also tend to be younger, more educated and lean Democratic, the analysis noted.

Over 13.3 million Asian Americans will be eligible to vote in November’s midterm elections, making up 5.5% of all eligible voters, according to new projections by the Pew Research Center.

The estimate comes as Asian Americans continue to be the fastest-growing group of eligible voters in the past two decades, consistent with overall population trends. However, the group’s voter growth has been relatively steady since 2018, with only about a million voters added. Additionally, not all who are eligible to vote are registered to vote.

Where Can AAPI Voters Have the Most Impact in November 2020?

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on AAPI Data and reposted with permission.

As the AAPI Data team noted in a previous blog post last year, Asian Americans and Pacific Islander voters saw increases in voter registration after the 2016 election. These sizable gains in voter registration could potentially make a noticeable impact this November in battleground states like Arizona, where 173,231 AAPIs comprise 4.6 percent of the state’s electorate. In addition to increases in voter registration, AAPI turnout might also be influenced by other factors, such as the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as the first Asian American person on a major party’s presidential ticket.