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Presidential Town Hall

Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has served as a crucial national forum for inviting presidential candidates to engage directly with the AAPI community. By providing a dedicated space for candidates to address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers face-to-face, the town hall offers one of the rare opportunities for this impactful growing electorate to hear directly from those vying for the nation’s highest office. This event ensures that AAPI issues are brought to the forefront of campaigns and media attention, pushing candidates to address the concerns and priorities that matter most to the AAPI population.
This year, the Presidential Town Hall will be held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center- Philadelphia on July 13, 2024. We are anticipating a crowd of up to 1800 in attendance for an in person event.
Registration is now open! To RSVP for the Presidential Town Hall, visit apia.vote/SummitTownHallReg2024 or click the link below.

National AAPI Leadership Summit

AAPI community leaders and organizers will converge days before the historic Presidential Town Hall for APIAVote’s 2024 National AAPI Leadership Summit. This two-day event will arm attendees with the knowledge and connections to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander communities nationwide for the 2024 elections. See Calendar of Events for more convenings happening at this time.

The Summit will include plenaries and workshops across three tracks: organizing voters around priority issues, grassroots training to expand local impact, and activating young AAPIs as change makers. Through insider briefings, sharing best practices, and forging bonds with fellow organizers, attendees will emerge prepared to build political empowerment and drive voter turnout this November.

  • APIAVote’s National Leadership Summit is July 11-12, 2024.
  • To see the preliminary agenda, click here.
  • Contact APIAVote’s Partnerships Manager Sam Solemnidad at ssolemnidad@apiavote.org if you have any questions.

Between July 10 to July 14, 2024, the Japanese American Citizens League and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates will also be hosting their respective leadership summits and national conventions at the same venue, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown in Philadelphia, PA. Attendees of each event are able to attend free plenaries and breakout sessions/workshops hosted by the other two organizations. For more specific information, please see below. 

  • Learn more about JACL’s National Convention (July 10-14, 2024) here. Contact JACL’s Youth and Programs Director Cheyenne Cheng at ccheng@jacl.org if you have any questions. 
  • Learn more about OCA’s National Convention (July 11-14, 2024) here. Contact OCA’s Manager of Programs Kent Tong at kent.tong@ocanational.org if you have any questions.

How to Get Involved:

Registration is now open! Visit apia.vote/SummitTownHallReg2024 to RSVP for the National Leadership Summit and Town Hall.

If you’d like to host a workshop, reception or other event in partnership with APIAVote during our National Leadership Summit, please reach out to partnerships@apiavote.org for more information on room availability or scheduling.

Hotel Booking:

To reserve your room at the Sheraton in Philadelphia, where the Summit will take place, click here.

Calendar of Events

How to Participate in the Presidential Town Hall:

Join our Host Committee

We invite your organization to join Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander community leaders around the country for APIAVote’s Presidential Town Hall as a member of our Host Committee. By signing on to join the Host Committee, APIAVote will list your organization name and logo on our website and the PR materials. You will also receive access to VIP tickets and priority seating.

Sign on as a Supporting Organization

By signing on in support, we will list your organization name on our website and you will receive social media graphics, templates & other supporting materials. You will also receive access to a number of priority seating.

Become a Sponsor

Become a sponsor of our 2024 Presidential Town Hall and National AAPI Leadership Summit. Your sponsorship will directly bolster our efforts to mobilize record AAPI voter turnout and amplify the diverse voices that can no longer be ignored on the national stage. If you are interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Kevin Hirano at khirano@apiavote.org.

Ethnic Media Sign-on

APIAVote encourages Ethnic Media to officially partner with us for our Presidential Town Hall to ensure you can attend and are provided what you need. We hope you can encourage your viewers and followers to also tune in and engage in the conversation in-person or online.

Viewing Party

Even though you will not be able to attend the Town Hall in person, you can still participate! Submit a question that can be asked of either candidate!

Host Committee Organizations

What our Presidential Town Halls Accomplished

A national audience of 1.1 million viewers watched the 2020 Presidential Town Hall that was streamed live online and on broadcast TV. The event streamed online via APIAVote’s Facebook page (click link to watch), on NBCNews.comNBC Asian America and on NBC News’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, on the PBS Newshour’s Facebook, and the WORLD Channel’s Facebook Live account.

  • To see the 2016 Presidential Town Hall videos, click here
  • To see the 2012 Presidential Town Hall Photos, click here
  • To see the 2008 Presidential Town Hall videos, click here

AAPI voters surprised most political observers by increasing their turnout to a historic 60% and was followed up in 2022 with 3.6 million AAPIs voting, of which 6.2% were first time voters, more than double the rate of all first time voters (3.5%).

College youth Ambassadors training and organizing at the Town Hall which contributed to student turnout increasing by 17% between the 2016 and 2020 election cycles; the largest gain out of any racial group amongst their peers.

See highlights of our 2020 Presidential Town Hall and National AAPI Leadership Summit here.