(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/28/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of an “all hands on deck” final push to mobilize and protect American Muslim voters in the final days of the 2020 election.
“This is an all hands on deck effort for our civil rights organization and the broader American Muslim community,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw. “Every effort must be made to ensure that voters of all backgrounds are able to vote without fear or intimidation, including American Muslims.”
Events, initiatives and resources that CAIR is providing to American Muslims during the final days of the 2020 campaign include:
- A 24/7 rapid response hotline manned by CAIR’s legal team on Election Day to address any complaints of voter suppression, voter intimidation or anti-Muslim harassment at the polls. CAIR has also created a special complaint form for Muslims to report voting rights violations.
- A community-wide training, “Do You Know What to Expect at the Polls on Election Day?” hosted tonight by CAIR, MoveOn and MPower Change, at 7 PM (ET) to ensure that Muslims know their voting rights, and how to respond to potential violations of those rights.
- Calling 150,000 registered Muslim voter households the day before the election with a final appeal to vote and encourage their families and friends to vote. CAIR chapters also plan to text tens of thousands of Muslim voters urging them to do the same.
- A national virtual get-out-the-vote town hall followed by a phone banking event on Sunday, November 1st from 12:45 PM to 7:00 PM (EST) hosted by CAIR, MPower Change, Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and other organizations. RSVP directly for this event at https://www.mymuslimvote.org/ntlgotv
- Hosting a special online program, “Live Election Coverage: Muslims Vote 2020,” on and before Election Day. The all-election-day programing is set to provide updates from CAIR chapters across the country on Muslim voter turnout and in-depth coverage of issues important to the Muslim community. The program is scheduled to broadcast live online on Monday, November 2 from 3 to 5 PM (ET), and on Tuesday, November 3 from 12 PM to 7 PM
- A nationwide exit poll survey of Muslim voters to determine which presidential candidate Muslim voters supported and by what margin. The survey is scheduled to be conducted on the evening of November 3rd, and posted on Muslims.Vote.
This “final push” represents the culmination of CAIR’s non-partisan “Muslims Vote” campaign, which empowered American Muslims to increase their political capacity and presence in the 2020 election season through various events, initiatives, and resources, including:
- CAIR’s Muslim voter mobilization website Muslims.Vote, which offers a state-by-state database for information and state specific links for “Early Voting”, “Vote by Mail,” and “Voter Resources” that include links to registration to vote and finding your polling station. Muslims.Vote also provides CAIR-developed voter resources like:
- “Voter Know Your Rights Guide”
- “Presidential Voter Guide and Congressional Scorecard”
- “2020 American Muslims Voter Survey”
- A national public service announcement (PSA) encouraging Muslim voters to go to the polls. WATCH: CAIR’s Muslims.Vote PSA: What is Your Plan to Vote?
- Hosting 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. Contact your local CAIR Chapter for more information.
- Surveying American Muslims to gauge their issue concerns, voting plans, and ability to make a difference in critical swing states. CAIR estimates there are well over 1 million registered American Muslim voters, with large communities residing in key swing states. A recent CAIR survey indicates that 89 percent of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in the November 3rd General Election. SEE THE FULL SURVEY DATA HERE
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.