Registering to vote is the first step in civic participation. APAPA works closely with county registrars and the Secretary of State to encourage more API eligible voters to register to vote. APAPA offers information on how to register to vote and conducts voter registration drives. The goal is to help eligible voters understand civic responsibilities. Community-based voter registration drives during election cycles have proved to be very effective. In the 2014 presidential election year, the Alameda and Santa Clara County drives resulted in 10,000 newly registered voters for each county. Former Secretary of State Debra Bowen called APAPA the largest voter education and registration organization in California.
Community Town Hall Meetings
APAPA hosts Community Town Hall meetings across the nation to address issues, challenges and offer solutions.
In 2017, town hall meetings were scheduled in the Bay Area Region (BAR), Southern California Region (SCR) and Eastern States Region (ESR). New York Chapter (NYC) hosted a Civic Leadership Forum on March 18, 2017. Austin Texas Chapter (ATC) hosted a Civic Leadership Forum on May 29, 2017. Greater Sacramento Chapter (GSC) hosted an Immigration Town Hall Forum on June 3, 2017.
Get Out the Vote
APAPA provides assistance and information to help API citizens exercise their right to vote. APAPA partners with the California Secretary of State and provides forms translated in multiple languages to voters.