With the 2012 Election less than a week away, both current President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are making their final speeches, campaign runs, and strides to pull out on top on November 6th. One community of voters they may want to address in this final week is the South Asian community. So far, both candidates haven’t paid much attention to these voters, but they probably should.
At the University of Michigan, the United Asian Americans Organizations held a voter registration competition to increase the amount of registered Asian voters at UofM alone. Across the country, organizations such as 18 Million Rising have attempted to also increase the amount of registered Asians and Pacific Islanders for this election. These two populations make up nearly 6% of the United States population, accounting for about 18 million people. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the country, and regardless of that fact, they might still be the most unrepresented and unregistered voters currently and in previous elections.