Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., March 13
Asians underrepresented among San Diego voters
New analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Asian Pacific American Coalition finds that San Diego’s Asian community “is in last place for voter registration and voter turnout among all ethnic groups.”
Asians comprise the fastest-growing ethnic group in San Diego, with their population numbers rising 39% throughout the county and 24% within San Diego’s city limits over the last decade, according to the Coalition.
While their population is growing, however, participation in politics is significantly below the national average of other groups. Only 52% of eligible Asians in the city are registered, as compared to 59-74% on average nationally for other groups. Less than 48% of those registered actually cast a ballot in the November 2008 contest, less than the 50-66% registered for others.
In response to these findings, the Coalition has come up with its “Your Vote, Your Voice” campaign, which is pushing to register Asian voters before the October 22 registration deadline. The group is also urging bilingual citizens who speak Chinese, Tagalog, or Vietnamese to volunteer as poll workers in the Mira Mesa, Pomerado, Rancho Penasquitos, and Clairemont neighborhoods of San Diego.
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