The goal of the Filipino Electorate Data Gathering Project is to educate our community about the Filipino electorate and share this data with community members who want or need to leverage electoral influence to get the resources and policies their community needs.
With information like this we hope to inspire and empower our community to think more strategically about how the Filipino electorate can be agents of change in their communities.
This effort is hopefully the beginning of regular updates on the status of Filipino registered voters. Please be advised that this data changes daily as more people register and others are dropped from the voter rolls due to death or county-initiated voter roll purges.
This report is a representation of the profile of Filipino voters from April 2016 leading into the November 2016 elections and will hopefully spark increased registration of Filipino citizens and encourage those who are registered to exercise this important democratic right.
You can download the Bumoto Ako: Filipino Electorate Data PDF at the Filipinos 4 Justice site here: http://www.filipinos4justice.org/2016/09/08/the-potential-of-the-filipino-electorate/
What the Data Tells Us
1. Filipinos can make a difference
Several electoral districts across the Bay - such as San Mateo's 5th and Alameda's 2nd Supervisory Districts - have populations of Filipino registered voters of 5% or greater. Local elections and measures are often decided by very small margins so Filipinos can be the deciding factor in these districts and other districts across the Bay.
2. Filipinos aren't registered at the levels they can be
Approximately 50% of Filipinos eligible to register are not registered to vote. In only two counties - San Francisco and Kings Counties - are more than 50% of Filipinos eligible to register, taking advantage of this right.
3. Filipino voters are immigrant voters
In the 14 counties where the information was available, the majority of Filipino registered voters are naturalized citizens. Immigrant communities are investing in the electoral process and using their right to vote.
4. Filipino young people are not registering to vote at the rate they could be
5. Nearly a third of Filipino registered voters choose a 'minor party or decline to state'
Register to Vote and Vote on November 8th. BE the voice for the Filipino American community!
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