Leaders of one of Colorado's largest mosques have opened the
building up to voters for Tuesday's primary election.
Officials at the Colorado Muslim Society's Islamic Center asked Arapahoe
County to use the building as a polling station to help them connect with
the community. Voters from six precincts will cast their votes in the
portion of the building used for Sunday school so voters will not be
required to remove their shoes as visitors are asked to do in the mosque
"We thought it would be a good thing to have more community involvement,
especially with recent events of the past three years," said Rima
Barakat-Sinclair, who helped coordinate the event.
Churches, schools and fire stations are frequently used as polling stations
but this is the first time a mosque is believed to have been used, county
clerk Nancy Doty said.
"I think it's good for the community," Doty said. "I think it's going to
show that these people want to be part of the community and that they
believe in the voting process and want to be a part of it."
Sheriff's deputies said they would provide security at the Islamic Center
as people cast ballots. It has been the target of telephone threats and
graffiti since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.