(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched MuslimsGOTV.com, an election resource website that prominently features the groupâ€™s first ever â€œCAIR 2016 National Voter Guide,â€ including a nationwide congressional scorecard and presidential guide.
CAIRâ€™s Muslims GOTV.com is the latest element in the Muslim civil rights organization's efforts to enhance Muslim participation in national and state elections and amplify the Muslim communityâ€™s voice on election day.
The website features videos encouraging Muslim voters to register to vote and turn out on election day, and includes resources on registering to vote, absentee and early voting, and locating polling stations, among other CAIR produced election materials.Â
CAIRâ€™s â€œ2016 National Voter Guideâ€ offers resources to assist Muslims nationwide as they prepare to vote in the November election. CAIRâ€™s voter guide includes a congressional scorecard and presidential voter guide.
DOWNLOAD: CAIR 2016 National Voter Guide
â€œThe American Muslim voice and vote are important to making democracy work for everyone in this and every election. Itâ€™s CAIRâ€™s job to make sure that the Muslim community is equipped with the necessary tools and information needed to ensure that we are registered to vote and turn out to vote on election day,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
â€œGuaranteeing that American Muslims are an informed citizenry that votes is vital to the success of American democracy,â€ said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw. McCaw added, â€œCAIRâ€™s nationwide congressional scorecard is a first for the organization in ensuring that U.S. Muslims are able to determine how their members of Congress voted on issues important to the community.â€
The Congressional scorecards reflect the voting performance of representatives from the U.S. Congress. The votes of each legislator have been rated positive (+) or negative (-) depending on how closely their votes on relevant legislation corresponded with civil rights and social justice priorities identified by CAIR. The criteria selected for each topic is rooted in legislation introduced and voted upon in 2015-2016.
The presidential voter guide includes a short biography of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump and a summary of their views and positions on the key campaign issues of economy, healthcare, domestic national security, views on Islam and Muslims, acting as Commander-in-Chief, immigration, civil rights, and education.
Electronic copies of the guide will be distributed to the American Muslim community throughout the nation.
Nationwide, CAIR has launched a number of similar Muslim voter empowerment efforts in this election cycle.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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