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APIAVote is a leading organization committed to empowering Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through civic engagement. Our press statements provide timely updates, insights, and advocacy efforts related to voting rights, representation, and other policies and issues impacting AAPI communities. As you explore our press releases, you’ll find valuable information on policy initiatives, community mobilization, and the impact of AAPI voices in shaping our nation’s future.

 

Survey of Asian American registered voters — a rapidly growing electorate, which played a decisive role in the 2020 election — conducted by APIAVote, AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, and AARP. 46% likely to vote for Biden, down 8 percentage points since 2020, while 31% likely to vote for Trump, gaining 1 point since 2020. 90% intend to vote in November, despite 42% not having been contacted by either the Democratic or Republican parties or candidates. Full Briefing

 

The Supreme Court ruled in Alexander v. SC NAACP that South Carolina’s congressional redistricting plan did not violate the Constitution, despite concerns of racial gerrymandering that diluted Black voters’ political representation. Justice Alito’s majority opinion emphasized the lack of proof that the redistricting was racially motivated, while advocates like APIAVote’s Christine Chen argued the decision undermines protections against racial discrimination in voting and highlights the need for stronger voting rights legislation. Full Briefing

 

APIAVote is launching its largest voter engagement campaign for the 2024 election, partnering with 60 organizations across 30 states to target 1.5 million AAPI households through multilingual outreach and on-the-ground efforts. Supported by over $5 million, the campaign aims to build upon growing AAPI civic participation with initiatives addressing voter protection, misinformation, and community organizing. Full Article

 

“Over the last decade, AAPIs have proven to be a significant political force, but without data and resources, engaging our communities is challenging,” said Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote. The 2024 State Voter Factsheets, part of the Power In Numbers initiative, aim to enhance AAPI electoral analysis and empower AAPI voices, aligning civic engagement investments with community priorities.

“The 2024 elections are crucial, and AAPI voters will shape our country’s future,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, Executive Director of AAPI Data. APIAVote and partners will use the factsheets to educate and motivate voters through a comprehensive, multi-touch voter engagement program, including multilingual outreach and university partnerships to boost young voter participation. Full Article 

February 29, 2024

APIAVote, NCAPA, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and other AANHPI organizations support the reintroduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (JLVRAA) to restore voting protections and ensure fair access for marginalized communities. Leaders emphasize the importance of passing this legislation to safeguard democracy and empower AANHPI voters. Full Article

 

 

APIAVote condemns the murder of Wadea Al-Fayoume and the attack on his mother in an anti-Muslim hate crime, linking such violence to hateful rhetoric and international conflicts. They urge authorities and the public to ensure the safety and rights of all communities, especially as heated political climates can lead to more hate crimes. Full Article 

 
 
 

APIAVote applauds the reintroduction of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and commits to working with Congress to pass this essential legislation. The act aims to restore protections from the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ensuring AAPI and other marginalized communities can vote freely and safely. Full Article 

June 27, 2023

 

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Moore v. Harper affirmed the North Carolina Supreme Court’s authority to deem the state’s map a partisan gerrymander, rejecting the “independent state legislature” theory. APIAVote’s Christine Chen praised the ruling for upholding checks and balances, emphasizing the ongoing need to protect voting rights and combat gerrymandering. Full Article

 
 

The Supreme Court ruled in Allen v. Milligan that Alabama’s redrawn congressional district boundaries discriminated against Black voters, upholding Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This decision mandates Alabama to create a second-majority Black district and is celebrated by APIAVote’s Christine Chen as a victory for minority voters nationwide, highlighting ongoing efforts to combat voter suppression and advocate for fair representation. Full article 

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2023

 

APIAVote praises the Senate HELP committee for advancing Julie Su’s nomination as Secretary of Labor, highlighting her immigrant background and experience addressing workforce challenges. Su’s career spans roles as Deputy Secretary of Labor and civil rights attorney, demonstrating her commitment to workers’ dignity and respect, with broad support from business, labor leaders, and officials urging swift Senate confirmation. Full Article 

 

 

 

March 22, 2023

 

APIAVote announces the reintroduction of the New Deal for New Americans Act (H.R. 1643), designed to support the inclusion, economic growth, and civic engagement of immigrants and refugees. Endorsed by APIAVote and key lawmakers, the act aims to ease naturalization barriers and promote civic participation, including automatic voter registration for new citizens, reflecting APIAVote’s commitment to empowering AAPI communities. Full Article 

March 15, 2023

APIAVote commends the Biden Administration for increasing background checks and prioritizing “red flag” laws to combat gun violence. Christine Chen highlights the significance of President Biden’s executive order announced in Monterey Park, aligning with the 77% of Asian Americans who support stricter gun laws, and emphasizes the need for culturally competent resources in federal responses to mass shootings. Full Article 

 

March 3, 2023

Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, joined 53 organizations in issuing a report assessing federal agencies’ responses to Biden’s 2021 Executive Order on expanding voting access. The report highlights the need for agencies like USCIS to enhance voter registration at naturalization ceremonies and urges improvements to Vote.gov for better user-friendliness and language accessibility, emphasizing the importance of protecting democracy by facilitating voter registration.

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2023

 

APIAVote condemns Rep. Lance Gooden’s insinuation of disloyalty against Rep. Judy Chu, highlighting the harmful stereotype of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners. Christine Chen urges officials to avoid fear-driven accusations without evidence and calls for an apology from Rep. Gooden, emphasizing the importance of not persecuting citizens based on race or ethnicity. Full Article 

 

February 22, 2023

 

APIAVote and NPNA launch the “Naturalize NOW!” campaign to encourage eligible U.S. permanent residents to apply for citizenship, highlighting benefits like voting rights and career opportunities. Amid proposed USCIS fee increases, the campaign emphasizes the importance of naturalization for building a more inclusive and participatory democracy. Full Article 

February 17, 2023 

APIAVote applauds President Biden’s new Executive Order on racial equity, which mandates annual Equity Action Plans to address barriers faced by underserved communities. Christine Chen emphasizes the importance of the order’s focus on language access and data equity, expressing gratitude for the administration’s efforts and commitment to working together to implement these initiatives effectively. Full Article

February 8, 2023

APIAVote commends President Biden and the 117th Congress for their legislative achievements benefiting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Notable accomplishments include addressing gun violence, safeguarding democracy, enhancing voter rights, passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, and tackling climate change, while calling for continued voter engagement to address ongoing challenges. Full Article 

 

January 25, 2023

APIAVote expresses deep sorrow over the mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, emphasizing the broader epidemic of gun violence in America, which has already seen 39 mass shootings in 2023. They urge immediate action from politicians to enact stricter gun laws, reflecting the majority’s will, as shown by the Asian American Voter Survey and Pew Research, to prevent further tragedies and support affected communities. Full Article 

January 23, 2023

The recent mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay are tragic examples of America’s gun violence epidemic, which has already resulted in 39 mass shootings in 2023. APIAVote calls for urgent action from politicians to enact stricter gun laws, aligning with the majority view of Americans, including Asian American voters, to prevent further tragedies and support affected communities. Full Article 

January 17, 2023

APIAVote applauds the WHIAANHPI and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders for their strategic plan to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for AANHPI communities. Christine Chen highlights the report’s focus on addressing anti-Asian hate, prioritizing data disaggregation, and promoting language access as key commitments of the Biden Administration. Full Article 

December 13, 2022

APIAVote and North Carolina Asian Americans Together express concern over the Supreme Court case on North Carolina’s redistricting dispute. They warn that adopting the independent state legislature theory would grant state legislatures unchecked power in federal elections, undermining checks and balances and disproportionately affecting BIPOC communities. Full Article 

November 1, 2022

APIAVote, with Lyft’s support, is providing transportation to ensure Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can vote during early voting and on Election Day. This partnership, part of Lyft’s Voting Access program, aims to eliminate transportation barriers and empower AAPI communities to participate in the political process. Full Article

 
 

October 27, 2022

APIAVote and NCAPA condemn harmful political messaging that discriminates against Asian Americans and perpetuates harmful stereotypes amid rising anti-Asian hate. They urge candidates to avoid fear-mongering and racist tactics, emphasizing the need to focus on unifying and serving all communities instead of exploiting xenophobia for political gain. Full Article 

 
 

October 26, 2022

APIAVote and NCAPA condemn discriminatory political messaging that perpetuates harmful stereotypes against Asian Americans amid rising anti-Asian hate. They call on candidates to focus on their platforms instead of using xenophobic tactics, emphasizing the need for unity and rejecting rhetoric that incites anti-Asian sentiment and violence. Full Article 

October 4, 2022

Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court case Merrill v. Milligan, which addresses Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, protecting minority voting rights. Chen commended Evan Milligan for advocating fair representation, highlighting the disenfranchisement in Alabama’s congressional redistricting, and urged the Supreme Court to uphold the VRA to prevent further erosion of voting rights for people of color, including AAPIs. Full Article 

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 8837, the Presidential Election Reform Act, introduced by Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Liz Cheney. She highlighted the necessity of reforming the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 to prevent future constitutional crises and urged the Senate to swiftly pass the bipartisan bill to safeguard the integrity and security of U.S. elections. Full Article 

 
 

July 25, 2022 

APIAVote released survey results showing two-thirds of registered Asian Americans plan to vote, but only about half have been contacted by major parties. Key findings include a preference for mail-in ballots, strong support for stricter gun laws, significant concern over hate crimes, and a tendency to vote for Democratic candidates, highlighting the importance of addressing Asian American community issues in political campaigns. Full Article 

 

APIAVote announces the first-ever Asian American-led Unity March on June 25, 2022, in Washington, D.C., supported by PepsiCo, TAAF, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The march, featuring over 35 community leaders and activists, aims to advance the Equity Platform for democratic participation, racial and economic justice, and cultural equity and media representation, uniting historically marginalized groups on the National Mall. Full Article 

June 9, 2022 

APIAVote announces the first-ever Asian American-led Unity March on June 25, 2022, in Washington, D.C., supported by PepsiCo, TAAF, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The march, featuring over 35 community leaders and activists, aims to advance the Equity Platform for democratic participation, racial and economic justice, and cultural equity and media representation, uniting historically marginalized groups on the National Mall. Full Article 

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