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Asian Americans Set to Play Decisive Role in Midterm Elections

Asian Americans are shifting from being marginalized to becoming the margin of victory in US elections after their votes helped Democrats secure the presidency.

Multilingual signs mark a voting site in Gramercy Park, New York City.

Multilingual signs mark a voting site in Gramercy Park, New York City.

Photographer: Joan Slatkin/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

With recent polls showing close contests for Congressional, state and local midterm elections, advocates are appealing to Asian American voters to repeat the record turnout that helped Democrats win states like Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania in 2020. 

Through grassroots partners, voting groups are canvassing and organizing multilingual outreach and voter registration by mail, phone and text, among other initiatives. Last month, the group APIAVote and partners sent mailings in more than a dozen languages to more than 1 million Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) households. Another group, the Asian American Power Network (AAPN), in September announced $10 million in funding from its state partners to mobilize voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania. It is also focusing on close US House races in California and aims to do outreach to AAPI voters in as many as 18 languages.