Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Census figures do more than track population growth. (Including the 43% jump in Asian population —the category that includes Arab Americans. It’s the single largest increase of any ethnic group in the US over the last decade.)

The figures also dictate Congressional apportionment, and this year’s changes will have a big impact on Arab Americans. Seven of the 20 states that will gain or lose seats are Arab American population centers. Look at it another way: of the eleven states with the highest concentrations of Arab Americans, seven will have new apportionments — and five of those are losing seats. The effected states are Florida (+2), Illinois (-1),Michigan (-1), New Jersey (-1), New York (-2), Pennsylvania (-1), and Texas (+4).

These changes mean we have to work even harder in the lead-up to 2012 to ensure that the reapportionment doesn’t negatively impact our political efforts. It means paying even more attention to who’s running, what they’re saying, and what they’ve done and supported. It means not just making sure your voice is heard in 2012, but getting your friends and colleagues involved, as well. Stay tuned to AAI and our Yalla Vote Election Central to learn more about what you can do as we move closer to the elections.