CAIR Launches Statewide Muslim GOTV Campaign in Maryland Ahead of 2018 Midterm Election

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/13/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched an expansive statewide “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaign in Maryland to promote Muslim civic participation and boost voter turnout in that state’s 2018 midterm election.

CAIR’s 2018 Maryland GOTV campaign includes:

-Organizing voter registration drives at mosques across the state  

-Compiling the first-of-its-kind statewide voter guide produced by a Muslim organization

-Coordinating phone banking 

-Offering free workshops on civic and political engagement  

In a statement, CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry said:

“As we move closer to Election Day, hundreds of thousands of Maryland Muslim voters and allies can impact the outcome of local and state races. Unfortunately, many eligible voters sit out the political process because they don’t have enough information about candidates’ positions on issues they care about, or they simply don’t believe their voice makes a difference.

“As a non-profit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization, CAIR’s primary goal with this statewide campaign is to reach those eligible voters, encourage them to exercise their right to vote and connect them with the tools, resources and information needed to make an informed decision at the polls on November 6th.”

Earlier this month, CAIR cited the unprecedented level of civic engagement and grassroots effort displayed by more than 90 Muslim political candidates and their supporters that led to victories for many. 

SEE: CAIR Recognizes Historic Night of Muslim Primary Victories in Minnesota

In a recent commentary, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: “[M]any American Muslims are rising to the occasion in cooperation with other communities–immigrant, Hispanic, African American, Sikh, Jewish – to uphold our American tradition of religious inclusion and diversity.”

In the Midst of Rampant Islamophobia, American Muslims are Making Political History

According to CAIR’s most recent report, the first quarter of 2018 saw a spike in prejudice against American Muslims in which government agencies were found to have instigated 31 percent of all bias incidents.

SEE: Full CAIR Quarterly Report on American Muslim Civil Rights

A Summer 2018 report published by researchers from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group revealed that some 20 percent of Americans support denying American Muslims their right to vote. 

SEE: Nearly 1-in-5 Americans would deny Muslim American citizens the right to vote, new report finds

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062zchaudry@cair.com


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