National Voter Registration Day in 2014 Sees Record Involvement of Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations
AAPI Voters Among Fastest Growing, Even in Midterm Elections

Albuquerque, September 22, 2014 – On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, a record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (or AAPI) serving organizations will participate in National Voter Registration Day (http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org), a nationwide effort to get Americans more involved in the democratic process.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander populations are among the fastest growing racial groups in the United States, and the same is also true for their voting-eligible population.
• In the last four midterm election years, AAPIs have seen an average increase of about 600,000 registered voters over the prior cycle
• The number of AAPI registered voters has increased from about 1.4 million in 1994 to 3.9 million in 2010

In addition, a record number of AAPI-serving organizations are involved in voter registration in advance of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 23, 2014
• 317 organizations who serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are involved in the 2014 effort
• This is up from 154 organizations in 2012, an increase of 106%, or more than double the number of AAPI-serving organizations two years ago
• This increase for AAPI organizations compares to a 65% growth rate for all organizations involved in National Voter Registration Day, from 1,223 in 2012 to 2,014 today

New Mexico Asian Family Center (NMAFC) is excited to be among the 317 organizations involved in this historic effort. In addition to participation in National Voter Registration Day, we are:
• Hosting voter registration on September 23rd from 1-3pm at 128 Quincy St NE 87108, with Vietnamese and Mandarin interpretation available
• Hosting voter information sessions on November 1st during NMAFC’s annual health fair; details TBA at www.nmafc.org

As Kay Bounkeua, interim director at New Mexico Asian Family Center noted, “it is critically important for our elected officials to know that we are a rapidly growing part of the community, and we will make our voices heard through the democratic process.” “As the only agency in the state culturally tailoring services to the Asian community, it is important for us to be a part of the local and national movement in getting AAPIs registered to vote,” she added.

For more information on our group’s efforts, contact Kay Bounkeua at (505) 363-7193. For more information on voter demographics, contact Karthick Ramakrishnan at AAPI Data (karthick@aapidata.com or 818-305-4865).