CAIR Joins #MyMuslimVote Campaign, Urges Participation in National Muslim Voter Registration Day (Aug. 24)

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Muslim community members nationwide to participate in tomorrow’s (Aug. 24) National Muslim Voter Registration Day (#NMVRD), a nationally-coordinated effort of grassroots Muslim organizations in dozens of cities across the country to register thousands of voters through town halls, khutbahs (Friday sermons) and voter registration drives.

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will also partner with MPower Change’s #MyMuslimVote campaign -- a national, non-partisan campaign focused on increasing civic engagement in American Muslim communities through voter registration, engagement and mobilization efforts. SEE: https://mymuslimvote.org/

REGISTER TO VOTE: To find a National Muslim Voter Registration Day event near you, click here to get involved and help build local power in Muslim communities

To register to vote from the convenience of your home visit CAIR's Register to Vote page.

ELECTION PRIMARY REMINDER: CAIR is reminding American Muslim voters to get out the vote in advance of the eight remaining state primary elections taking place before the Tuesday, November 6 midterm elections.

A big Muslim turnout in a low turnout primary magnifies our community’s voice, visibility and impact. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested. To be ready to vote in upcoming primaries, please make note of the following important dates:

  • Arizona (August 28)
  • Florida (August 28)
  • Massachusetts (September 4)
  • Delaware (September 6)
  • New Hampshire (September 11)
  • Rhode Island (September12)
  • New York (September 13, State and Local)
  • Louisiana (November 6, with runoff held December 8th if needed)

To look up your state’s voter identification requirements and voter I.D. laws, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures website.

CAIR is also encouraging Muslim voters to get out the Muslim community vote with these six helpful tips:

  • Go to the polls and vote for the candidates of your choice. Find your polling place.
  • Remind and encourage your friends and family members to vote.
  • Use social media to encourage all eligible voters to go to the polls.
  • Offer to help friends, co-workers and family members get to the polls.
  • Community leaders should use their communications networks to encourage congregations to vote.
  • Convince one person who did not plan to vote to go to the polls.

Last week, CAIR recognized the historic string of victories by American Muslim candidates in Minnesota’s primary election. Seven Minnesotan Somali, Arab-American and African-American Muslim candidates won a series of victories during the Democratic-Farmer-Labor and non-partisan primaries.

On August 8, CAIR congratulated Palestinian Arab-American Muslim Rashida Tlaib on winning the primary election in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Tlaib won the primary election defeating five other candidates. Running unopposed, her win in the November general election is ensured.

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.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CAIR does not endorse or oppose any candidate running for office.

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 Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw at 202-742-6448 or rmccaw@cair.com;CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, nmodan@cair.com


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