The 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.).Â
To print your absentee ballot, GO TO: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/index.html Â
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 Â
To vote in person in Virginia you must present valid photo identification, and can use any one of the following:
â€¢ Virginiaâ€™s driverâ€™s license
â€¢ Valid United States passport
â€¢ Any other photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
â€¢ Any valid student photo identification card issued by a school, college, or university located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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 candidatesâ€™ views on Islam, anti-constitutional policy proposals, and connections with the U.S. Islamophobia network. To visit the â€œIslamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election,â€ page, GO TO: http://www.islamophobia.org/15-reports/164-islamophobia-in-the-2016-presidential-election.html Â
If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or firstname.lastname@example.org and the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 or email@example.com.