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CAIR, Muslim Council to Co-Host Maryland Muslim ‘Get Out the Vote’ Phone Bank Ahead of Mid-Term Election

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/24/18) – On Sunday, November 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and the Howard County Muslim Council will co-host a non-partisan ”˜Get Out the Vote’ phone bank at CAIR’s office in Maryland. 

WHAT: CAIR, Howard County Muslim Council to Co-Host ”˜Get Out the Vote’ Phone Bank
WHEN: Sunday, November 4, 2-5 p.m. 
WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062
RSVP:  mdGOTV2018.eventbrite.com
NOTE: Media is welcome to attend and learn American Muslims’ perspectives and priorities about the election.

The phone bank is part of CAIR’s statewide 2018 GOTV campaign strategy that included voter registration drives in multiple counties, and publishing Maryland’s first Voter Guide for Muslim communities and allies in partnership with the United Maryland Muslim Council. 

SEE: 2018 Maryland Voter Guide 

During the phone bank, volunteers will make phone calls to under-represented voters and encourage them to exercise their constitutional right and cast their ballots in the state’s November 6 mid-term elections.

“There is a great deal at stake in this critical election, and Muslim American communities have the potential to swing the vote in many key local and statewide races,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Our goal with this phone bank is to help turn out the Muslim vote and ensure as many people as possible are fully engaged in the political process.”

“As American Muslims, it’s critical that we exercise our right to vote in every election,” said Howard County Muslim Council President Ainy Shah. “As we’ve learned in the past, if we don’t make the effort to vote, we are effectively shut out of the decision-making process. It’s time for American Muslims to stand up and be counted.”

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Nearly one-fifth of Americans would deny their country’s Muslims the right to vote

CAIR is a non-partisan, 501c3 non-profit organization that does not favor any party or candidate. Earlier this month, the civil rights organization launched a statewide ”˜Get Out the Vote’ campaign in Maryland to promote civic participation and boost voter turnout in the state’s 2018 midterm election. 

SEE: CAIR Launches Statewide Muslim GOTV Campaign in Maryland Ahead of 2018 Midterm Election

CAIR’s 2018 Maryland GOTV campaign strategy consist of four elements:

  • Organizing voter registration drives at mosques across the state  
  • Compiling the first statewide voter guide of its kind produced by a Muslim organization for distribution in Fall 2018
  • Coordinating phone banking 
  • Offering free workshops on civic and political engagement  

The Howard County Muslim Council is a community volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the interests and involvement of Muslims in Howard County.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062zchaudry@cair.com

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