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CAIR Action Alert: TODAY is Last Day to Register to Vote in Maryland Presidential Primary Election

CAIR logoThe Maryland presidential primary election will be held on April 26, 2016, with all polling places open from 7 a.m. to 8 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:

Important Deadlines:

Last Day to Register to Vote in Presidential Primary or Update Party Affiliation in Maryland: April 5, 2016

Early Voting: April 14 – April 21, 2016, 10am-8pm

2016 Primary Election: April 26, 2016, 7am-8pm

Register to Vote | Update Voter Information | Change Party Affiliation

The last day to register to vote, update your information, or change your party affiliation is Tuesday, April 5th. To find out whether you are eligible to vote, visit:

The link to register to vote by April 5, 2016 is:

Absentee Ballot

CAIR recommends using an absentee ballot only when you have no other option. If you are registered to vote and wish to request an absentee ballot, the deadline to do so depends on how you want to receive your blank ballot for the 2016 Primary Election. Your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or faxFriday, April 22, 2016, if you want to download your ballot from the State's website

If you hand deliver your request and the ballots are ready, you can pick up your absentee ballot. You may take your absentee ballot with you and return it by mail or you can vote it at the local board office and give it to an election official. Please visit your local board of elections' website for hours of operation:

Also visit the Maryland State Board of Elections' website for FAQ's on Absentee Ballot processing:

Early Voting

Registered voters may vote during early voting. Early voting for the 2016 Maryland Presidential Primary begins April 14, 2016. Polling places will be open from 10am to 8pm.  Anyone in line at 8pm will be allowed to vote. For early voting locations in Maryland, visit:

Provisional Ballot

A provisional ballot allows someone who thinks he or she is an eligible voter to vote. If the local board of elections determines that the provisional voter is registered and eligible to vote in Maryland and voted a provisional ballot, the ballot will be counted. If the voter is not eligible to vote a provisional ballot, the ballot may be rejected. A provisional ballot is not an alternative to the electronic voting system. To learn more about who may qualify to receive a provisional ballot, visit:

To look up your voter information, check your registration status, or for any other questions, contact the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Phone: (410) 269-2840 



To find your polling place on Election Day, visit:

On Election Day, bring one of the following forms of ID:

A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); orA copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election. contains information with insights into various presidential candidates’ views on Islam, anti-constitutional policy proposals, and connections with the U.S. Islamophobia network. Visit the “Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election” page:  

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Civil Rights Department at (202) 742-6420 or submit a complaint and request for legal assistance at


For questions, contact: Dr. Zainab Chaudry, Pharm.D., CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager, at or (410) 971-6062

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