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CAIR Community Alert: Early Voting Has Started in 40 States – Visit Muslims.Vote for Early Voting Resources

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/12/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of a new section of its 2020 election and voter mobilization website for Early Voting and updated its Vote-by-Mail Guide to mark National Voter Registration Day for 2020.

Early voting has started in 40 states. Check out CAIR’s state-by-state database for information and resources about voting in your area. It lists early voting dates, voter registration deadlines, and links to help find eligible polling locations and confirm voter registration.

GO TO: https://muslims.vote/early-voting/ 

The website is part of CAIR’s annual non-partisan “Muslims Vote” campaign designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election.

CAIR estimates there are well over 1 million registered American Muslim voters in the United States, with large communities residing in key swing states. A recent CAIR survey indicates that 89% of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in the November 3rd General Election. 

See the full survey data here

“Early voting provides voters extra time to participate in our democracy,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw. “This year, early voting will be especially important because of COVID-19. Voters who are older or have health concerns may want to consider voting early so that they can avoid crowds on Election Day. Early voting also gives those concerned with voting by mail more time to vote in person.”

The Early Voting section of Muslims.Vote website also includes:

  • A 50-state guide on information and procedures for Early Voting for the November 3rd General Election. The guide contains a lists upcoming election dates, where and how to vote early, voter registration tools, and local/state rules for early voting under COVID-19 precautions.
  • Links to resources for checking voter registration and polling station procedures by county.
  • Information on alternatives to Early Voting in states that do not offer this service. 

The Vote by Mail section of Muslims.Vote has also been updated with the most recent information from all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories. Here, voters will find a succinct guide on how to vote by mail, when to request and submit your ballot, and how to check voter registration.  

Muslims.Vote is encouraging Muslims to responsibly practice social distancing and participate in state primary elections and the general election by taking advantage of – where possible – early voting by mail or vote-by-mail alternatives.

In the coming weeks, Muslims.Vote will feature CAIR’s annual general election presidential voter guide and congressional scorecard.

During the night of the November 3rd election, CAIR will conduct a nationwide survey of Muslim voters to determine which presidential candidate Muslim voters supported and by what margin. The survey will be hosted on Muslims.Vote.

CAIR will be hosting a multi-state text banking campaign before the election to remind Muslim voters nationwide to vote, directing them to the resources described above as they navigate election procedures for November.

CAIR also plans to sponsor a nationwide robocall that will broadcast the night before the November 3rd General Election, targeting Muslim households and registered American Muslim voters across the country.

CAIR will continue to promote election news on CAIR’s Twitter accounts @CAIRNational and @MuslimsVote using the hashtag #MuslimsVote focusing on niche news relating to Muslims and the election.

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com

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