Action Alert: CAIR Urges Muslim Voters in Kansas, Mississippi to Turn Out for Aug. 6 Primary Elections

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all registered voters in Mississippi and Johnson County, Kansas, to turn out tomorrow, August 6, for their state’s primary elections, with all polling places open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both states.

[NOTE: Voters are entitled to cast their ballots if they are in line by 7 p.m.]

All house and senate seats in the Mississippi state legislature are up for consideration. Voters in Johnson County, Kansas, will elect candidates vying for several local school board and municipal government positions. The states’ general elections will be held on November 5, 2019.

“Voters of all backgrounds and parties are encouraged to turn out tomorrow for the Mississippi primary election,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “A big Muslim turnout in an off-year election magnifies our voice and visibility.”

“Local elections are just as important as national ones and sometimes more so,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “This is your chance to shape your community’s future -- don’t miss it.”

To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:

To vote in person in Kansas and Mississippi you must present valid photo identification, and can use any one of the following:

  • Valid driver's license or state-issued nondriver’s identification card
  • Valid United States passport
  • Valid government employee ID card
  • Valid U.S. military ID
  • A concealed carry of handgun license
  • Valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter issued by any institution of higher education located in state
  • Valid tribal photo ID

Click here for a full list of valid photo identification for Mississippi and here for a list for Kansas.

Forgot your ID? If you get to your polling place without acceptable photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count.

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.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or civilrights@cair.com or the Mississippi Department of Elections at 1-800-829-6786 or 601-576-2550 and the Kansas Department of Elections at 1-800-262-8683.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, melbayoumy@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


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