Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies


Suzy Yi


Asian American voters, voter turnout, COVID-19, racial minorities


Many scholars have examined what affects voter turnout rates among racial minorities compared to that of White voters. Racial minorities consistently turn out to vote in elections at lower rates than White voters. One method of combating low voter turnout is through party contacting, in which political parties mobilize people who are most likely to vote through activities such as door-to-door canvassing or individualized contact through mail, phone calls, and texts (Huckfeldt and Sprague 1992; Wielhouwer and Lockerbie 1994). However, because political parties direct their efforts towards those who are most likely to vote, they are more likely to favor White voters over minorities. As a result, minorities are often filtered out of the party contacting process (García-Castañon et al 2019; Stevens and Bishin 2011).