Asian voter turnout rises

Photo & Article Courtesy of UT San Diego, David Garrick

District 6 race between two Asians boosts percentage far above citywide number

SAN DIEGO — Turnout spiked among Asian voters in last month’s election for San Diego’s Council District 6, where the race’s two Asian candidates conducted unprecedented outreach efforts aiming for such an increase.

The numbers, compiled last week by National University from Registrar of Voters and census data, prompted community leaders to predict that a long-awaited rise in political participation could be coming in the local Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Ballots were cast by 41.8 percent of the Asians registered to vote in District 6, which was redrawn in 2010 to increase the chances the City Council would have a member identifying themselves as Asian for the first time in four decades.

It includes Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont and an Asian-dominated sliver of southern Rancho Penasquitos.

Registered Asian voters in the rest of the city turned out at a rate of 35.7 percent.

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