A Small Number Of People From The AAPI Group Hold Elected Positions In The U.S.
According to a report, they are the fastest-growing population group in the United States. But Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are also seriously under-represented in elected positions, especially in the criminal justice sector.
In terms of holding elected positions, AAPI people are less representative than any other population. Accounting for only 0.9% of elected leaders at all levels of government, but as of mid-2020, they account for 6.1% of the population. According to a recent report From the show reflecting on the democratic movement.
The report said it calculated the difference in the representation of each race and ethnic group relative to the population in the United States. It found that AAPI people most underrepresented group, with a proportion of -85%. While whites are over-represented, with a proportion of +46%.
“Voters, regardless of party status, really want to see reflective leadership,”
Brenda Choresi Carter, the head of the campaign, which tracks the diversity of elected officials. Tell Politico. “From the beginning, political power concentrated in the hands of white Americans. I think we are seeing its limitations.
“When women and people of color vote, they have the same win rate as white male candidates,” she said. “But the opportunity to compete strictly controlled by a political gatekeeper system. Which makes it very difficult to break into this system. It really gives new meaning to the term’Old Boys Club’.”
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in March. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing population of all races and ethnic groups in the United States, with an increase of 81% between 2000 and 2019. According to Pew’s data, the Asian population in the United States in 2019 estimated to be 23.2 million. Accounting for 7% of the US population. Chinese Americans are the largest Asian group in the United States, accounting for 23% of the Asian population, or 5.4 million people.
According to data from the Census Bureau, the turnout of Asian voters in the 2020 U.S. presidential election reached a record high of 59.7%.
The Democratic Movement reported that the percentage of AAPI in state and local offices is lower than at the federal level. There are 152 AAPI state legislators in 31 states, one-third of whom represent mostly white electoral districts.
In Hawaii, California, Maryland, and Washington. When state legislatures measured individually, the political representation of AAPIs tends to improve. Percentages are relatively close to or equal to their AAPI population shares. But in New Jersey and Nevada, they have the fourth and fifth largest AAPI population shares in the United States, respectively. New Jersey has only two AAPI state assemblymen, while Nevada has one.
Even in states with high AAPI concentration such as New York, Nevada, and California, the AAPI community underrepresented. Furthermore, Hawaii is the only state whose share of AAPI elected leaders is nearly equivalent to its AAPI population share.
In this session of Congress, AAPI representatives include Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. As well as 15 representatives, and the ratio of men to women is almost equal. According to the report, nearly half of the elections were won in white-majority regions.
In elected criminal justice roles, the report found that 0.24 percent of elected prosecutors and 0.07 percent of county sheriffs in 2020 were of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. Of 2,539 elected prosecutors across the nation that year, only six were AAPI, and among the country’s total number of elected sheriffs, 3,035, only two of them were AAPI.