Asian American Voter Growth Surges, Outpacing National Average

The growing AAPI voter population in Ohio is reshaping the state's political landscape, but gerrymandering has diluted their representation. OPAWL is mobilizing AAPI voters to advocate for fair districting and equal representation.

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Asian American Voter Growth Surges, Outpacing National Average

Asian American Voter Growth Surges, Outpacing National Average

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voter population in Ohio is growing at a rate that exceeds the national average, according to recent data. This surge in AAPI voter growth has significant implications for political representation and the fight against gerrymandering in the state.

Tika Adhikari, a former Bhutanese refugee and civic engagement organizer with the Ohio Progressive Asian Women's Leadership (OPAWL), emphasizes how the practice of gerrymandering has diluted the political power of the AAPI community in Ohio. "Our communities have been cracked into multiple districts, weakening our collective voice and representation," Adhikari states.

The AAPI population in Ohio now comprises 7.2% of the national population, a substantial increase from previous years. OPAWL is actively working to educate and mobilize AAPI voters to address the issue of gerrymandering and advocate for fair districting.

Adhikari and OPAWL are pushing for the adoption of the Citizens Not Politicians amendment, which proposes the creation of an independent citizen commission to draw fair maps. They believe this is essential to ensuring that the AAPI community and all communities in Ohio have equal and just representation.

Why this matters:The growth of the AAPI voter population in Ohio has the potential to reshape the state's political terrain. Fair representation and the elimination of gerrymandering are essential for the AAPI community to have their voices heard and their interests represented in the democratic process.

The fight for fair maps and equal representation is not unique to Ohio. Across the United States, AAPI communities are advocating for their rights and pushing back against practices that undermine their political power. As Adhikari states, "We will continue to organize and mobilize until every community, including AAPIs, has a fair chance to elect representatives who truly reflect their interests and needs."

Key Takeaways

  • AAPI voter population in Ohio growing faster than national average.
  • Gerrymandering has diluted AAPI political power in Ohio.
  • AAPI now 7.2% of Ohio's population, up from previous years.
  • OPAWL advocates for Citizens Not Politicians amendment for fair maps.
  • AAPI communities nationwide fight for fair representation and against gerrymandering.