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Action Alert: CAIR Urges Muslim Voters in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio to Turn Out for March 17 Primaries

CAIR to call 21,118 households, reaching more than 100,000 Muslim voters with landlines in March 17 primary states

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/16/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will tonight urge Muslim voters in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio to turn out and vote in tomorrow’s March 17 state primary elections.

Tonight, CAIR is launching a 21,118-household targeted get-out-the-vote automated call campaign that urges more than 100,000 American Muslim voters residing in those homes to go to the polls tomorrow.

CAIR is broadcasting night-before-election automated call reminders before each state’s primary or caucus election, targeting more than 147,504 Muslim households representing some 605,135 registered American Muslim voters. The Washington-based civil rights organization estimates there are more than one million registered American Muslim voters in the United States with large communities residing in key swing states.

The calls are part of CAIR’s 2020 General Election “Muslims Vote Campaign” to increase Muslim voter turnout nationwide.

Following the nationwide “Super Tuesday” primary elections, CAIR released the results of its “#MuslimsVote 2020 Super Tuesday Exit Poll and Survey.” 

CAIR’s poll indicated that the majority (58.2 percent) of American Muslim voters who participated in state Democratic primaries on Tuesday, March 3, voted for Bernie Sanders, followed by 26.8 percent for Joe Biden, 5.4 percent for Michael Bloomberg, 5.1 percent for Elizabeth Warren, and 1.4 percent for another candidate.

The survey also indicated that 51.1 percent of American Muslim voters affiliate with the Democratic Party, and 17.5 percent with the Republican Party, while 24.5 percent identify as independent or not a member of a party.

READ THE ENTIRE REPORT: #MuslimsVote 2020 Super Tuesday Exit Poll and Survey
SEE: CAIR’s Super Tuesday Exit Poll Graphic

The survey also questioned Muslim voter households, regardless of political party affiliation, about their views on a wide range of social and policy issues, including refugee resettlement, healthcare reform, climate change, raising the federal minimum wage, and ensuring affordable housing.

On February 3, CAIR released the results of its first 2020 primary election poll of registered Muslim voters ahead of the Iowa caucus. CAIR’s poll surveyed 346 registered Muslim voters nationwide who said they would support a Democratic Party presidential candidate if an election were held today.

In January, CAIR released its 2020 General Election “Sample Questions for Candidates and Government Officials” toolkit and a “State Voter Registration, Primary, Caucus, and Special Election Calendar” as a Muslim community resource.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated while voting, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or civilrights@cair.com.

NOTE: As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections. CAIR does not support one candidate or political party over another.

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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com

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