(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/10/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all eligible voters in Louisiana to participate in that state’s primary election to be held Saturday, Oct. 12, with all polling places open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CAIR notes that voters are entitled to cast their ballots if they are in line by 8 p.m. when the polls close. All 105 seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives and all 39 seats in the Louisiana State Senate are up for election. The state’s general election will be held on November 16, 2019.
“Voters of all backgrounds and parties are encouraged to turn out for the Louisiana primary election,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Voting is an essential civic duty and a big Muslim turnout in an off-year election magnifies our voice and visibility.”
To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:
- In order to vote in the October 12, primary election, you must have registered by September 22 if registered through the GeauxVote Online Registration System and by September 12 if registered in person or by mail.
- To look up your voter information and check your status, GO TO: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Home/VoterLogin
- To find your Polling Place, GO TO: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Home/VoterLogin
To vote in person in you must present valid photo identification, and can use any one of the following:
- Valid Louisiana driver's license
- Louisiana special ID card
- Other generally recognized picture ID card with voter's name and signature
- Digital license via LA Wallet (Smartphone app by Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)
- Valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in state
Need a photo ID? You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your parish’s registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal as a voter. Click the 'Voter Registration' tab at the top then click the 'Print Voter Information' link located on the ribbon on the left-hand side.
Forgot your ID? If you do not have a driver's license, Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit including date of birth and mother’s maiden name.
If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Louisiana Elections Compliance Unit at (800) 722-5305.
SEE: Louisiana Protect Your Vote Brochure
A 2018 midterm election poll conducted by CAIR in coordination with Jetpac found that:
- 78% of Muslim voters primarily voted for the Democratic Party candidates and 17% for Republican Party candidates.
- 46% of Muslim voters consider themselves liberal on social issues, while 35% consider themselves conservative.
- 43% of Muslim voters consider themselves fiscally conservative, while 40% consider themselves liberal.
- 26% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic candidates perceived themselves as being conservative on social issues. Moreover, 36% perceived themselves as being fiscally conservative.
- 68% of Muslim voters thought Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. increased while 17% thought it decreased in the past year.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.