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Action Alert: CAIR Urges N.C. Muslims to Vote in Special Congressional, Statewide Municipal Elections from September to November

September 10: Special Election for 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts, Charlotte Municipal Primaries

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/19) —The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging North Carolina Muslims to turn out and vote in a series of special congressional, primary and general elections taking place from September to November 5.

CAIR notes that a special congressional election will take place on September 10 for Congressional Districts 3 and 9.

SEE: CAIR North Carolina 2019 Election Fact Sheet

“Every election is important, but we know that these are no ordinary times. Local elections can and will have direct effect on your community’s daily life.  Your neighborhood safety, the quality of your public schools, housing, immigration, jobs, protecting the rights of all Americans, and our common dreams.  It is all hands-on deck y’all. Our community, our democracy and our world depend on it. We must vote,” said CAIR North Carolina Volunteer Zahra Shirwa.

“It is the responsibility of every eligible North Carolinian Muslim to turn out for every election to ensure the continued growth of our community’s civic participation. Our vote counts and is being counted on, so make sure to turn out the Muslim vote on election day,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw.

September Elections

On September 10, North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts will host a general election. Twenty-five other state municipal counties, including Mecklenburg-Charlotte, will also hold primary elections.

From August 21 to September 6, the state’s one-stop early voting period will take place for the 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts, as well as the 25 municipal counties. Municipal counties include: Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Tyrrell, and Union.

Voters in Congressional District 3 reside in the following counties: Beaufort, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Greene, Hyde, Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, part of Pitt (Pitt is split between District 3 and District 1) and Tyrrell.

Voters in Congressional District 9 reside in the following counties: Anson, part of Bladen (Bladen is split between Districts 7 and 9), part of Cumberland (Cumberland is split between Districts 8 and 9), part of Mecklenburg (Mecklenburg is split between Districts 9 and 12), Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Union.

October Elections

On October 8, the state will also hold primary elections in the following municipal counties: Alamance, Bertie, Camden, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Henderson, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Moore, Nash, Orange, Pasquotank, Randolph, Richmond, Surry, Vance, Wake, and Wayne.

From September 18 to October 4, the state’s one-stop early voting period will take place for those counties.

November Elections

On November 5, the state will hold a general election for 98 state municipal counties, a second runoff election for the 9th Congressional district may also take place if needed.

SEE: N.C. Board of Elections Factsheet: November Municipal Elections Candidates

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

  • Voter Registration: Those eligible to votemust register to vote 25 days before the designated election day.
  • Same-Day Early Voting Registration:Eligible voters also have the option to register to vote during the “One-Stop Early Voting Period,” at designated one-stop voting sites. One stop early voting take place several weeks before each election and ends the Saturday before each election.

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

In North Carolina, absentee voting is broadly divided into three categories: absentee-by-mail voting, military and overseas citizens voting (also called UOCAVA voting), and absentee one-stop voting. These processes are all considered absentee, because the voting takes place away from the traditional Election Day precincts. For more information, GO HERE:

To vote, photo ID is not required in any North Carolina election in 2019. Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be asked to provide photo identification when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions.

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 or the North Carolina State Board of Elections at (919) 814-0700 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 Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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