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Action Alert: CAIR Reminds Muslim Voters to Turn Out for June 11 Virginia Primary Election

All House and Senate Virginia General Assembly seats are up for consideration

UPDATE: Tonight, the night before the election, CAIR will sponsor a robocall featuring CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw reminding over 13,000 registered Virginian Muslim voter households to get out the vote across the state.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all eligible voters to participate in the Virginia Primary Election to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, with all polling places open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CAIR notes that voters are entitled to cast their ballots if they are in line by 7 p.m. All house and senate Virginia General Assembly seats up for consideration. The state’s general and special election will be held on November 5, 2019.

“A big Virginian Muslim turnout in an off-year election magnifies our voice, visibility and impact on who’s running for office. As the Virginian Muslim community continues to grow and become more engaged in the political process – it’s important to turn out in strong numbers and vote on election day,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S McCaw.  

To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:

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

  • Valid Virginia driver’s license 
  • Valid United States passport
  • Any other photo identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • Valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter issued by any institution of higher education 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

Need a photo ID? If you don’t have an ID, simply go to your nearest voter registration office to get a free Voter Photo ID, even on Election Day! You will be required to complete an Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application (English | Español), have your photo taken and to sign a digital signature pad. The Virginia Voter Photo ID card is valid for voting purposes only.

Forgot your ID? If you get to your polling place without acceptable photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count.

2017 CAIR Virginia general election poll of more than 300 Muslim voters found that 76% of respondents turned out to vote and that  85% of Muslim voters supported now governor-elect Ralph Northam.

2018 midterm election poll conducted by CAIR in coordination with Jetpac found that:

  • 78% of Muslim voters primarily voted for the Democratic Party candidates and 17% for Republican Party candidates.
  • 46% of Muslim voters consider themselves liberal on social issues, while 35% consider themselves conservative.
  • 43% of Muslim voters consider themselves fiscally conservative, while 40% consider themselves liberal.
  • 26% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic candidates perceived themselves as being conservative on social issues. Moreover, 36% perceived themselves as being fiscally conservative.
  • 68% of Muslim voters thought Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. increased while 17% thought it decreased in the past year.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or and the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 or

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.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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