The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all eligible Virginia state voters to participate in the Virginia General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, with all polling places open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAIR notes voters are entitled to vote if you are in line by 7 p.m.
The weekend before the election, CAIR joins Emgage and Dar-Al Hijrah Islamic Center co-sponsoring a canvass launch and phone bank to get out the Muslim vote. CAIR encourages local Virginians to help make sure that the Muslim communities voice is heard. #VoteTogether
GOTV Phone Bank & Canvass Launch at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA
DATE: Saturday, November 4
Time: Canvas Launch 10: AM, Phone Bank 2 PM
Event Location: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
3159 Row St, Falls Church, Virginia 22044
“It is especially critical for the Virginian Muslim community to go out and vote. A big Muslim turnout in an off year election magnifies our voice and our visibility,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S McCaw.
The night before the election, CAIR will sponsor a robocall featuring CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, reminding registered Virginian Muslim voters to get out the vote on election day.
The night of the election, CAIR will sponsor a telephone exit poll survey to query registered Virginian Muslim voters which candidate for governor and political party they supported. CAIR will release the results of the exit poll online the following day.
To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:
In order to vote in the November 7, 2017 election, you must have registered by October 16
While the deadline to register to voter or mail an absentee ballot in Virginia has already passed, eligible voters can still apply and vote absentee in-person in the office of the general registrar of their county or city of residence until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017.
To print your absentee ballot, GO TO: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/index.html
To look up your voter information and check your status, call the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745, or GO TO: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
To find your Polling Place, GO TO: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup
To vote in person in Virginia you must present valid photo identification, and can use any one of the following:
• Virginia’s driver’s license
• Valid United States passport
• Any other photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
• Any valid student photo identification card issued by a school, college, or university located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business.
• A Virginia voter photo ID
If you do not have the proper ID with you, you may vote a provisional ballot and present a copy of your ID to the Electoral Board by noon on the Friday after the Election.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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