Early votes more than tripled compared to 2016

Houston Chronicle reports that Asian American voters turned out in record numbers in the 2020 election.

Civic engagement group Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote presented data that showed a significant increase from four years ago.

Early votes cast by the Asian American Pacific Islander demographic more than tripled in 2020 compared to 2016.

Over 911,000 AAPIs cast an early vote this year in battleground states, which is a 21% increase from 2016.

“I am proud of the tireless work that APIAVote and our local partners did in the months leading up to the election,” said Christine Chen, president of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.

“2020 has solidified AAPI voters as the margin of victory, and it is time for everyone to take notice of the unique needs and challenges of our communities.”

Despite the record turn out, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has expressed his disappointment that more Asian Americans did not vote against President Trump.

Trump gained 5% more votes with Asian Americans in 2020 than he did in 2016.

Meanwhile, a smaller percentage of Asian Americans voted for Joe Biden compared to Hilary Clinton in 2016.