Voter demographics: Filipinos make up nearly half of Asian American population in Nevada

LAS VEGAS - 8 News NOW is Your Local Election Headquarters, so we're taking a closer look at voter demographics in the state of Nevada.

A Filipino-American organization held an event Thursday to get more members of the Filipino community registered to vote.

Nearly half of the electorate in Nevada are non-white.  The 2014 Census data shows one out of every ten Nevadans is African-American.  The ratio is almost the same for Asian-Americans.

As Nevada's population continues to grow, so does the diversity of its citizens.  The African-American population has grown by 18 percent between 2010-2014, but the state's white population has shrank by that same percentage.

The Latino population has increased by 10 percent from 2010-2014, according to Census data.  Over that same period, the Asian-American population rose by 21 percent.  That's four times the overall rate of growth for the state.
 
Filipino-Americans make up almost half of the state's Asian-American population.

"We are the biggest Asian community population here in Nevada," said Cynthia Diriquito, Executive Director of NAFFAA Nevada.

The National Federation of Filipino-American Associations estimates there are about 120,000 Filipino-Americans living in Nevada, but many of them aren't registered voters.

"We are trying to mobilize the force of the Filipinos here in the United States to become registered voters, and for our voices to be heard," Diriquito said.

It's tough to tell how many Filipino-Americans are registered voters.  Neither Clark County nor the Nevada Secretary of State posted demographic breakdowns of caucus-goers, so the data usually comes from entrance and exit polls which are based on a sample number of voters.
  
CNN's entrance polls show 85 percent of the electorate in Tuesday's GOP caucus were white, compared to just 59 percent of the Democratic caucus-goers.

Progressive groups are challenging the GOP to do a better job reaching out to those voters.

"If Republicans want to be competitive in the general, they have to do better with those minority populations," said Annette Magnus, Executive Director of Battle Born Progress.

In the meantime, the Republican party claims its minority voter outreach programs are strong with efforts continuing up until the November election.

"They're going into their communities, they're talking to them at churches; at their homes, and reaching out, and we've seen a lot of feedback from that," said Sara Sendek, GOP.


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