Election Update: CAIR Reminds American Muslims to Go to the Polls Ahead of August & September Primaries

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/6/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today reminded American Muslim voters to go to the polls ahead of tomorrow’s August 7 primaries in Ohio (special election), Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington states. CAIR is also reminding Muslim voters to get out the vote in advance of the 15-additional state primary elections taking place before the Tuesday, November 6 Midterm Elections.

It is critical for the Muslim community to go out and vote. 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, please make note of the following important dates:

  • Special Election: Ohio's 12th Congressional District (August 7)
  • Kansas (August 7)
  • Michigan (August 7)
  • Missouri (August 7)
  • Washington (August 7)
  • Hawaii (August 11)
  • Connecticut (August 14)
  • Minnesota (August 14)
  • Vermont (August 14)
  • Wisconsin (August 14)
  • Alaska (August 21)
  • Wyoming (August 21)
  • 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:

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

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.

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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