APIA communities must fight to reach the full potential of their political power despite being the fastest growing community of color with Washington State being the home to one of the largest APIA communities nationally. 

Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE),  a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community.  It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of social, economic, and political justice. 



Civic Engagement

APACE is dedicated to broadening democracy for Asian and Pacific Islanders in Washington State.  We work to bring candidates and ballot measure campaigns to the forefront, and lift the voice of our community ensuring that elected officials hear how policies impact our neighborhoods, communities, and lives. We also holds our elected officials accountable and fights for issues that will positively impact our AAPI communities. 


Voter Registration

Our APIA community is rapidly growing, yet only about half of our eligible voting population is registered to vote. We have been stressing the importance of allowing our voices to be heard by going to different APIA-focused events and community spaces to register community members. From libraries to clinics to schools to resource fairs to shopping areas to transportation hubs, you’ll find us there - registering folks using forms in a variety of languages!


Phone Banking and Doorbelling

APIA communities often slip through the cracks in political campaigns during election season. We spread outreach to our forgotten communities through in-language phone banking and doorbelling. Using English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese, we are able to cross some language barriers and make the idea of civic engagement a bit more accessible to APIA folks.


Ballot Parties

Once people are registered, the next step is to vote! Our ballot parties are designed to bring community members together in a safe space where they can bring their ballots and learn how to fill them out. We will provide in-language educational information on candidates and issues on the ballot and are ready to answer any questions people may have. Attendees can directly drop off their completed ballots in a ballot drop-box we will have present, and they will have successfully voted!


Democracy Vouchers

This year, every Seattle resident over 18 is eligible to use four $25 Democracy Vouchers  to donate to City Council and City Attorney elections, thanks to the Honest Elections Seattle (I-122) initiative that passed in 2015. We are creating workshops to educate our APIA community about how to apply for and use their Democracy Vouchers. We are translating our workshops in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog.

Legislative Session

This year, the 2017 legislative session is scheduled to end April 23, 2017. We are monitoring bills affecting the APIA community. We are members of the Racial Equity Team, Washington Voting Justice Coalition, Washington Voting Rights Act Coalition, Voter Registration Coalition, Automatic Voter Registration Coalition, and Honest Elections Coalition. 

APA Legislative Day

Each year, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) organizes APA Legislative Day. This year, APA Legislative Day is Thursday, February 23, 2017. We will be bussing with other organizations from the Chinatown International District to the State Capitol in Olympia. There will be cultural performances, a rally, and legislative appointments. This is a great opportunity to make our issues and concerns heard!


In each election year APACE supports and endorses candidates with proven track records of standing up for our diverse communities.  We make sure elected officials hear voice and concerns of our community and help get out the vote for candidates who share our values.


We rely on volunteers to reach out into our communities to register Asian Pacific Islander (API) citizens in Washington and to encourage them to vote. Help create API voting power by donating as little as three hours of your time. 

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Help us register, educate and encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington to vote by donating to the APACE. Your gift may be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.