DFW ASIAN AMERICAN CITIZENS COUNCIL (DFW-AACC) 2012 12th Annual Banquet brings awareness to Asian American Voters
September brings awareness to voting in the Asian American community at the 2012 DFW Asian American Citizens Council Banquet. Such organizations, like DFW Asian American Citizens Council and Asia World Media, advocate for the Asian American community to participate in politics and civil duties.
Over 500 local North Texas business leaders and politicians zestfully moved from one table to another to shake hands and introduce themselves. Community leaders, including Metro Bank Vice President Judith Lee, Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones, McKinney Pro Team Mayor Travis Ussery, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Farmer Branch Mayor Bill Glancy, Balch Springs Mayor Carrie Gordon, Senator John Cornyn, Captain Thomas Lolley from the Dallas Sheriff Department, and Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button were among the attendees for this year DFW-AACC 12th Annual Banquet at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, TX.
Asians are one of the most ignored constituencies in American politics. Most politicians do not think about the Asian voters due to the diverse complexity of the cultures, languages and beliefs. According to UCLA researchers, the growing electoral clout of Asian Americans could play an important role in the upcoming presidential election, but still more can be done to increase voter registration and citizenship rates among this population. Take, for instance, in 1992 Republican President George H.W. Bush won 55% of the Asian vote while losing the popular vote and 12 years later in 2004, his son won only 41% of Asians, despite winning the popular vote.
Yet the Asian-American population is increasing, both in absolute terms and relative ones. By 2050, the Census estimates that Asians will compose 7.8% of the American population. Although Asian American voting rates will still fall far short of this, the population is becoming more influential. Predicting their future voting path therefore has some utility.