October 29's Fact of the Week

Asian Americans personify a growing electorate: from 1992 to 2008, the Census Bureau’s exit polls from the Pew Research Center highlighted that the Asian American electorate increased from 1.2% to 2.5%. In addition, the Asian American share of the United States population of the electorate also increased 3.1% to 5.1%. Similarly, 2008 saw 600,000 new Asian American voters, which is a feat expected to reoccur in 2012. Every vote counts in expanding political participation; voter turnout, education, and mobilization all represent important qualities of the Asian American community to sway this year’s election.