(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/4/20) – On Thursday, November 5, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and MPower Change will host a virtual town hall with leaders and members of the American Muslim community to discuss the implications of Tuesday’s election and to “make sense of the election night and chart a path forward to ensure that our votes are counted and continue to organize to protect our community.”
Last night, CAIR released the results of its 2020 Muslim Voters Presidential Election Exit Poll.
CAIR’s poll of 844 registered Muslim voter households indicated a high Muslim turnout with 84 percent reporting that they voted in the election – 69 percent voting for former Vice President Joe Biden and 17 percent for President Donald Trump.
SEE: CAIR Exit Poll Shows American Muslims Vote in Record Numbers, 69% Voted for Biden
Last week, CAIR 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.
Events, initiatives and resources that CAIR provided to American Muslims during the final days of the 2020 campaign included:
- 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 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 by CAIR, MoveOn and MPower Change 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 texted 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 1 hosted by CAIR, MPower Change, Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and other organizations.
- Hosting a special online program, “Live Election Coverage: Muslims Vote 2020,” on and before Election Day. The all-election-day programing provided updates from CAIR chapters across the country on Muslim voter turnout and in-depth coverage of issues important to the Muslim community.
This “final push” represented 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 offered 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 provided 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.
- 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 CAIR survey indicated that 89 percent of registered Muslim voters intended 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.
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