Muslims Urged to Vote in Record Numbers
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/2004) - CAIR is urging every eligible Muslim voter to go to the polls on November 2 and vote for the candidates of their choice. To help get out the Muslim vote, particularly in key battleground states such as Ohio and Florida, CAIR:
* Opened "Get Out the Muslim Vote" Election Centers in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati
* Called more than 18,000 Ohio Muslim voters to ask for a commitment to vote
* Distributed Ohio community voter guides at Friday and Taraweeh prayers
* Bused Florida Muslim voters to early polls after Friday prayers
* Called Florida Muslim voters using volunteer phone banks
* Published a voter guide for Muslim voters in California
* Cooperated in a civil rights phone bank for Illinois voters
"More Muslim voters are being mobilized for this election than at any time in the past," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad said CAIR will conduct an exit poll of Muslim voters.
1. GO TO THE POLLS on Tuesday and VOTE!
2. TAKE A MUSLIM friend or family member along with you to vote.
3. REPORT any incidents of voter intimidation, harassment or denial of the
right to vote to CAIR. Contact CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, or by
4. DISTRIBUTE this alert at taraweeh prayers and on your personal e-mail list.
WHAT TO DO ON ELECTION DAY:
1. KNOW WHERE TO GO. In many states, you will NOT be allowed to vote if you
show up at the wrong polling place. Your board of elections can tell you
where to vote. Call today to locate your polling place. If you can't reach
your board, call 1-866-OURVOTE.
2. BRING PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Proper forms of ID can include a driver's
license, a utility bill or another document that includes your name and
address. Make sure the ID matches your address.
3. READ SIGNS AT POLLING PLACES for instructions on how to vote and how to
file a complaint if you believe your rights have been violated.
4. REVIEW THE SAMPLE BALLOT BEFORE VOTING. Ballots are often confusing, and
their designs can change considerably from election to election. If you
have questions about how to vote on your ballot, ask a poll worker or poll
monitor for help.
5. CHECK YOUR BALLOT BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE. If you are having a problem
understanding instructions, or if you just want to make sure you are voting
in the correct manner, ask to speak to a poll worker
6. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CONCERNING "PROVISIONAL BALLOTS." No voter can be
turned away in any state this year without being allowed to vote. If there
is a question about your eligibility, you must be allowed to vote on a
provisional ballot, the validity of which will be determined later. But if
you are entitled to vote on a regular ballot, you should insist on doing
so, since a provisional ballot may be disqualified later on a technicality.
7. KNOW WHERE TO TURN FOR HELP. It is a good idea to bring a cell phone and
phone numbers of nonpartisan hotlines such as 1-866-OURVOTE and 1-866-MYVOTE1.
8. BE PREPARED FOR LONG LINES. Try to get to your polling place very early
in the morning, or between the before-work and after-work rushes. As long
as you are in line before the polls close, you are legally entitled to
vote. Do not let poll workers close the polls until you have voted.
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