Support Scroll. Early voter turnouts have hit record highs this year in the United States, ahead of Election Day on November 3. Pre-election voting has surpassed two-thirds of the total turnout of the presidential election, powered by fears about the Covid pandemic and a concerted effort from grassroots organisations dedicated to mobilising voters. While specific data is not available for the South Asian community yet, Asian American and Pacific Islander voter turnout has been huge in battleground states, including Texas and Georgia. Get-out-the-vote outreach typically begins around Labour Day in early September.
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More than 5 million South Asians — those with roots in the Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Indo-Fijian, Indo-Caribbean, Maldivian, Nepali, Pakistani and Sri Lankan communities — live in America, and many live in battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election. Historically, South Asians trend toward voting Democrat and turn out to vote in high numbers. The Democratic vice-presidential nomination of Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, has undoubtedly been a boon for South Asian representation in American politics. However, an increasingly vocal minority of South Asian voters support Trump. Still, other South Asians remain apathetic and are less likely to get involved in political activism.
Strong Signs of Asian American Youth Engagement in 2020
Outside of a polling site in Plano on a windy fall afternoon, Bollywood music echoed from a speaker on the sidewalk. The Bollywood chart-topper announced the presence of South Asian Voter Empowerment, a progressive organizing group hosting a voter engagement event. Next to the parking lot, SAAVE poll greeters welcomed voters and handed out sheets listing candidates down ballot. A few feet away, a group of conservative poll greeters handed out their own voting guides to passing people.
Only a tiny fraction of people in the New York City district where Patel was running speak Gujarati, but Patel told me that it was important that he have a video in his native language so that he could speak directly to his parents and the other Gujarati-speaking Americans who supported his campaign. In fact, it was primarily thanks to Gujarati Americans and other South Asian American donors that Patel was able to get his campaign off the ground in the first place. Carolyn Maloney albeit narrowly. In recent years, South Asian Americans 1 have become an increasingly active force in politics, going from only two candidates running in to about 40 in the past two election cycles, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. Most South Asian American political activity still falls within the Democratic Party, as evidenced by both the number of candidates running and where donors are giving their money.