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CAIR COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR Reminds Muslim Voters of Registration Deadlines in Primary States

TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 Virginia primary election               

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a reminder to Muslim voters that each state has its own deadline for voter registration and that some of those dates are approaching for states with primary elections.

[NOTE to Muslim voters in Virginia – TODAY is the deadline for registration for the March 1 primary election. To register in Virginia, go to: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/ ]

“It is critical for American Muslims to register to vote and to go to the polls in each and every election. The Muslim community’s growing ability to tip elections is a reminder to elected and aspiring officials that Muslims will reject candidates who engage in the politics of fear and will support those who respect religious diversity,†said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.  

SEE: Voter Registration Deadlines

State Election Dates & Deadlines

February and March deadlines for states with upcoming 2016 primary elections include:

* Alabama – Election Date: March 1 – Registration Deadline: Postmarked by February 19

* Massachusetts – Election Date: March 1 – Registration Deadline: Postmarked by February 10

* Minnesota Caucus – Election Date: March 1 – Registration Deadline: Received by February 9, or register day of election with proof of residency

* Virginia – Election Date: March 1 – Registration Deadline: February 9 (today)

* Kansas Caucus – Election Date: March 5 – Registration Deadline: Postmarked by or delivered in person by February 9

* District of Columbia Republican Caucus – Election Date: March 12 – Registration Deadline: Postmarked February 11 or register day of election with proof of residency

* Florida – Election Date: March 15 – Registration Deadline: Postmarked by February 15

* Ohio – Election Date: March 15 – Registration Deadline: Received by February 14

* Arizona – Election Date: March 22 – Registration Deadline: Received by February 22

CAIR recently released the results of a six-state survey indicating that 73 percent of registered Muslim voters say they will go to the polls in upcoming primary elections. Growing Islamophobia in America was ranked as the most important issue for Muslim voters. Domestic issues like the economy and health care also topped the Muslim voters' list of priority concerns in this election. (NOTE: Islamophobia was listed as the third-ranked issue in a similar 2014 CAIR survey.)

CAIR: 2016 Presidential Primaries – Which Candidates Are U.S. Muslims Supporting?

CAIR’s survey of almost 2000 registered Muslim voters in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Virginia – the states with the highest Muslim populations – was conducted January 26 using an independent automated call survey provider and asked four questions:

On April 18, CAIR will join other members of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, at the second annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. USCMO recently announced a drive to register one million voters prior to the 2016 presidential election.

SEE: U.S. Muslims to Hold 2nd Annual National Capitol Hill Advocacy Day April 18, 2016

Video: U.S. Muslim Leaders Announce Campaigns to Enhance National Security, Address Islamophobia

 

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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