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CAIR Community Advisory: Virginia Muslims Urged to Register to Vote Before Oct. 12 Deadline – #MuslimsVote

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all eligible Virginian Muslims to register to vote before tomorrow’s state voter registration deadline.  

The deadline for Virginia state residents to register to vote, or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  

For more information on registering to vote, go to the Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal  

For those already registered to vote, CAIR is encouraging Virginia voters to participate in early in-person voting. 

The voting started on September 17, 2021, and all absentee ballots will be sent to voters who have requested a ballot by mail. 

SEE: Virginia Primary Election

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

  • CAIR notes, Virginian voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, either in-person or by mail. Voters can request a mailed ballot online at    
  • The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, October 22, 2021, pm ET.    
  • All ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by election day, November 2, 2021, and received by noon on Friday, November 5, 2021.    
  • Voters can find a vote-by-mail ballot application at Or they can contact their local voter registration office and ask them to mail them an application.    
  • Contact information for local registrars can be found at   
  • To look up your voter information and check your status, call the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745, or go to:   
  • It is imperative for those voting by mail to submit their ballots as soon as possible to avoid potential delay due to anticipated high volume mail-in votes. 

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

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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