(COLUMBUS, OH, 11/1/2004) – The Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today said that volunteers in its “Get Out the Muslim Vote” election centers have called more than 18,000 eligible Muslim voters.
Volunteer staffers at CAIR-Ohio election center phone banks in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati asked the Muslim voters for a commitment to go to the polls on November 2. Of the Muslim voters who could be reached, more than 3,000 committed to vote on Tuesday.
“Muslims are not sitting by and watching this election, we are going to be full participants,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. He said there are an estimated 50,000 registered Muslim voters in Ohio.
CAIR-Ohio also distributed a community voter guide designed to help educate and inform Muslim voters in that state. The voter guide was distributed at Friday congregational prayers throughout Ohio and are being handed out at mosques and Islamic centers during special evening prayers (Taraweeh) conducted each night throughout the month or Ramadan.
The CAIR-Ohio voter guide, which was printed in both English and Somali,
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CAIR-Ohio’s election centers and voter guides are part of CAIR’s nationwide effort to get out the Muslim vote in key states.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.