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CAIR, Coalition Partners to Host Online Maryland Election Protection Training on Voter Intimidation as Early Voting Draws Near

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/24/20) – On Sunday, October 25, the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Maryland State Conference, and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will hold a virtual Maryland election protection training on voter intimidation ahead of early voting beginning on October 26.

WHO: CAIR Office in Maryland, NAACP Maryland State Conference, Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition 

WHAT: Maryland Election Protection Training: Guidance to Addressing Voter Intimidation at the Polls

WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Online 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/mdelectionprotection

CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

The training will expand on voter intimidation, provide examples,  explain Maryland law regarding voter rights according to guidance provided by to the Office of the Attorney General Brian Frosh, include resources, offer suggestions for ways to safely intervene without engaging individuals or groups responsible for hostile or aggressive behavior, and more. 

Recently, CAIR condemned threatening letters received by voters in Frederick County, and also welcomed arrest made in the case of a Maryland man who allegedly threatened Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Threatening Letter Received by Voters in Maryland County, Urges Immediate Reporting of Voter Suppression Attempts

CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Maryland Suspect Who Allegedly Threatened Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris

Video: CAIR Condemns Threatening Letter Received by Voters in Maryland County

Earlier this week, CAIR released its 2020 Maryland Voter Guide as part of its statewide campaign to mobilize Muslim voters across the state and promote participation in the 2020 general election.

SEE: 2020 Maryland Voter Guide

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MDVoterGuide.pdf

The election process has been modified by the Maryland State Board of Elections during the coronavirus pandemic to help voters cast their ballots safely. This publication aims to:

familiarize voters with new voting procedures; educate voters on candidates’ positions on key issues; encourage voters to make a plan; promote participation through mail-in or in-person voting; simplify access to helpful resources, links and tools to facilitate the voting process; and

provide information to report voter suppression efforts in the state.

The guide features presidential candidate profiles for major and third-party presidential candidates. These summaries highlight the candidates’ views and positions on issues such as economy, climate change and environment, healthcare, domestic national security, Islam and Muslims, acting as commander in chief, immigration, civil rights, and education.  

It also includes a Maryland congressional scorecard reflecting the voting performance of Maryland representatives from the U.S. Congress who are up for re-election in 2020.

The civil rights organization released a public service announcement encouraging voters to plan ahead. 

SEE: CAIR Muslims.Vote PSA: What is Your Plan to Vote?

The voter guide and PSA are a part of CAIR’s campaign designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election.  

A recent CAIR survey indicated that 89% of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in the November 3rd General Election.   

READ: CAIR’s Post Presidential Debate Survey of Muslim Voters     

CAIR recently launched a new section of the 2020 election and voter mobilization website for “Early Voting” and updated its “Vote-by-Mail Guide” to mark National Voter Registration Day for 2020.    

VISIT: Muslims.Vote

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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Intern in Maryland Huzzaifa Muhammad, 443-636-1809, huzzaifamuhammad@gmail.com

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