Voter Registration

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.

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Voter Education and Candidates Forum

Since 2003, APAPA Voters Education and Candidates Forum is held annually at California State University, Sacramento. The program brings together elected officials, ethnically diverse community organizations, and the public to raise civic awareness, increase participation in the democratic process, and encourage the community to get involved in public service.

The October 7, 2017 Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum had over 500 attendees. The forum featured engaging panels of candidates running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Speakers included Congressman Ted Lieu, CA State Controller Betty Yee, Senator Jim Nielsen, Senator Richard Pan, Assemblymember Ken Cooley, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and other public officials. The forum featured a dazzling flash mob with J’on Harris and the Voices Choir and National Anthem sung by Na’a Hafoka.

The Annual Voters Education and Candidates Forum was made possible by funding from the following corporate partners:

  • AT&T
  • Bank of the West
  • California Strawberry Commission (CSC)
  • California Beer and Beverage Distributors (CBBD)
  • Chevron
  • Copart
  • Culture to Culture Foundation
  • Greater Sacramento McDonald’s Operators Association
  • Johnson & Gina Chiang, Jyh Huai Foundation
  • PG&E
  • Yin Foundation

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.