Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Asian Americans at the Ballot Box: The 2012 General Election in California

Asian Americans are California’s fastest growing racial group.

As our communities grow, so too do their needs and concerns. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of unemployed Asian Americans in California increased 196%. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of Asian Americans living below the poverty line statewide increased 50%. As of 2010, almost 1.7 million Asian Americans in our state were limited English proficient, facing challenges communicating in English that impact their ability to access jobs and basic services.

To ensure these growing needs are met, our communities need to engage elected officials and policy makers. To be taken seriously, we need to flex our muscle at the polls.

Asian Americans at the Ballot Box: The 2012 General Election in California compiles information on the state’s Asian American electorate during the last major statewide election. Based on our own analysis of data from the California Secretary of State’s Office and the National Asian American Survey, the report shows a growing electorate that increasingly has the ability to hold elected officials accountable at the polls. Now more than ever, Asian Americans are the margin of victory in legislative races throughout the state.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.