Civic Engagement and Census

OCA National has been a community organizer for Get Out the Count census efforts and a national partner with the Census Bureau for every decennial census since 1990. OCA National serves as a resource center for its chapters and members through the dissemination of information, organizing strategies, and coordination efforts. OCA National is a Census Information Center (CIC) which is a partnership program with the Census Bureau. OCA believes in a fair and accurate census that counts every person in the U.S., especially the AAPI community, a community that has historically been hard-to-count.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain the fastest growing populations in the United States, at rates of 46% and 40%, respectively, from 2000 to 2010. This stands in comparison to a 10% population growth rate nationally. In the last three presidential cycles, approximately 620,000 new AAPI voters have entered the electorate. Yet, AAPI voters still face discrimination and other barriers at polls, including a shortage of Asian-language interpreters, missing names on voter rolls, poll worker interference, and improper demands for identification.

Policy Priorities:

  • OCA National is in opposition of the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census

  • OCA National is in support of robust funding for the 2020 Decennial Census

  • Inclusion of Pacific Island language translations for the census

  • Support for large-scale Get Out the Vote efforts and Asian-language translation to eliminate barriers to exercising voting rights.