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.