Asian voter turnout rises
District 6 race between two Asians boosts percentage far above citywide number
David Garrick, U-T SAN DIEGO
Friday, December 26, 2014
Both candidates being Asian — Cate is a Filipino-American and Kim is a Korean-American — also played a role, said Vince Vasquez, senior analyst for the National University System Institute for Policy Research.
“Some element of the voting process is about candidates that look like me or share my values or life experience,” he said.
In a 2013 special election runoff between two black candidates for Council District 4 in southeast San Diego, black turnout was 25.5 percent while turnout among non-blacks was only 14.3 percent, Vasquez said.
The ethnic data comes from a program used by political consultants called Political Data Inc., which compares the last names of voters with the most common last names attached to different ethnic groups on census forms.
“It’s the industry standard, but they are best guesses,” Vasquez said.