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Action Alert: CAIR Muslim Voter Reminder for Virginia March 1 Primary

CAIR logoThe Virginia presidential primary will be held on March 1, with all polling places open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You are entitled to vote if you are in line by 7 p.m.

It is critical for our community to go out and vote. A big Muslim turnout in a low turnout primary will magnify our voice and our visibility. To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:

You Can Apply & Vote by Absentee Ballot In-Person by February 27

While the deadline to register to voter or mail an absentee ballot in Virginia has already passed, eligible voters can still apply and vote absentee in-person in the office of the general registrar of their county or city of residence until Saturday, February 27, 2016 (5 p.m.). 

To print your absentee ballot, GO TO: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/index.html  

To look up your voter information and check your status, call the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745, or GO TO: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

To find your Polling Place, GO TO: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup  

To vote in person in Virginia you must present valid photo identification, and can use any one of the following:

• Virginia’s driver’s license

• Valid United States passport

• Any other photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States

• Any valid student photo identification card issued by a school, college, or university located in the Commonwealth of Virginia

• Any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business.

• A Virginia voter photo ID

If you do not have the proper ID with you, you may vote a provisional ballot and present a copy of your ID to the Electoral Board by noon on the Friday after the Election.

Late absentee voting is permitted up to 2 p.m. on the Monday before the election for those recently hospitalized and for those with certain other business or personal emergencies

Islamophobia.org contains information with insights into various presidential candidates’ views on Islam, anti-constitutional policy proposals, and connections with the U.S. Islamophobia network. To visit the “Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election,†page, GO TO: http://www.islamophobia.org/15-reports/164-islamophobia-in-the-2016-presidential-election.html  

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 and the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 or info@elections.virginia.gov.

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