In light of the upcoming Presidential Election, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) released its Korean American Voter Data Analysis for both New York and New Jersey on October 6, 2016.
For New York State, in terms of the total number of Korean American registered voters, there is a 2,300 increase in Korean American voters when compared to the previous year’s data analysis. This brings the count of Korean American registered voters up to a total of 46,034. The Korean American voter registration rate in the state of New York is 65%, with the voter turn-out rate at 8.2%.
For New Jersey, there is a similar rate of increase in the number of Korean American registered voters with a count of 26,571 registered voters. The Korean American voter registration rate in New Jersey is at 66%, with the turn-out rate at 13%.
During the past year, there has been an increase in the number of Korean American citizens 18 years or older in both New York and New Jersey. This explains the increase from the previous year in the number of Korean American registered voters. Another factor that generated the increase was the high interest of Korean American population across the state and country in this year’s General Election.
In terms of enrolling in a political party, 53% of New York State Korean American registered voters are affiliated with the Democratic party, Republicans make up 15%, and 30% of Korean American voters are unaffiliated with a party. This also means that 30% of Korean American voters were unable to participate in the 2016 New York State Primary Elections due to their unaffiliated status.
On the contrary, 30% of New Jersey Korean American registered voters are enrolled in the Democratic party and 59% are unaffiliated. This goes to show how voting policies (specifically for Primary Elections) vary across states.
Analyzing the voter data from 2011-2015, a steady increase in Korean American registered voters is evident across both states.
For New York State, the highest number of Korean American voters reside in Queens County (19,649), followed by New York and Nassau County. For New Jersey, the highest number of Korean American voters reside in Bergen County (16,266).
In order to participate in the General Election on November 8, 2016, the voter registration deadline for New York is October 14th and New Jersey’s deadline is on October 18th.
To confirm whether or not you are registered to vote, please visit the KACE website at KACE.org. Under the Quick Links section (located on the right of the website), there will be a portal available to check your current voter status.
In addition, KACE operates a voter hotline to resolve any issues and concerns a voter may have at (347)-755-5223.
Access our 2016 Korean American Voter Data Analysis Below: