The Institute for Southern Studies, Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the N.C. Justice Center jointly released a report today, noting the Asian American population in North Carolina as the fastest-growing racial group in the state.
SEAC is also working with another local civic engagement group, N.C.’s Asian Americans Together, to run a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote event Saturday in Charlotte and Raleigh to encourage Asian Americans to vote in the state primary election next Tuesday. A sign-up form for interested volunteers for the Saturday phone bank can be found here.
Some highlights from the report include:
- Diversity: Over 20 ethnicities, countries of origin and languages are represented in the state’s Asian-American community.
- Relatively high citizenship rates: Although nearly 60 percent of Asian-American residents were born abroad, the citizenship rate is about 70 percent. Rates vary by ethnicity and country of origin.
- Low voter registration rates: About 100,000 Asian Americans are registered to vote, reflecting only 58 percent of eligible Asian-American voters. By comparison, 70 percent of all eligible voters in the state are registered.