(KTSF by Susannah Lee)
The Democratic National Committee is calling on Asian American and Pacific Islander voters to participate in upcoming presidential election.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, announced the launching of “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama” in California.
The number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States surged 46% to 17 million from 2000 to 2010, making up 5.6% of the total national population. While their population has grown the fastest among all ethnic groups, their participation in elections is the lowest.
Only 50% of registered AAPI voters in California voted in last years’ state election.
According to a recent survey released by the non-partisan Asian Pacific Islander American Vote, 3 times as many registered AAPI voters identified themselves with the Democratic Party as with the Republicans.
The Democratic Party believes that getting more API voters to vote would be favorable to the re-election of President Obama.
The San Francisco Republican Party was contacted but has not yet commented.
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