Currently, there are 1.8 million Indian-Americans in the US who are eligible voters. About 310,000 Indian green card holders remain in a backlog for citizenship as of 2019, and another 310,000 Indian residents in the US are in a backlog to obtain their green cards, notes the report.
“Indian Americans are positioned to make a difference in several swing states that may be close in this election, such as Florida (87,000), Pennsylvania (61,000), Georgia (57,000), Michigan (45,000), and North Carolina (36,000), and perhaps even Texas, which has 160,000 Indian-American voters,” said Dr Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside, and founder of AAPI Data in a press release.
“Given Senator Kamala Harris’s historic vice presidential nomination, as well as highly publicised rallies that President Trump and Prime Minister Modi held together, high turnout could make a huge difference in this election,” the statement added.
Indian-American political participation has surged from 2014 to 2018, said Seema Nanda, former CEO, Democratic National Committee. The voter turnout increased from 26% to 47% in that time frame. “That is a staggering statistic”, she said, speaking of the “awakening of the Indian American community”.
Nanda attributed a lot of this awakening to the “results of the 2016 election”, and the Trump Administration taking seat in the Oval Office.