Asian Americans will grow from 4 percent of the electorate to 7 percent in the next 25 years, at a faster pace than the group’s overall population growth, according to a new report by the UCLA Study for the Center for Inequality and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
While the Asian American population is expected to grow by 74 percent, the registered voter growth is expected to rise by 107 percent to 12.2 million people by 2040.
“For me, the value of doing this research was to understand how fast we’re growing,” said Elena Ong, the report’s co-author to NBC News. “Asian Americans are a swing vote, and that in itself makes the Asian American vote growth a game changer.”
Ong said the numbers will change, but so will the makeup of the Asian American voter.
Currently, of 5.9 million Asian American registered voters, just 38 percent are American born.
Foreign-born Asian Americans make up 62 percent of registered voters.
The study predicts by 2040, the gap between foreign-born to American born will narrow to 53 percent foreign-born to 47 percent American-born.