CAIR-NJ: MAJORITY OF NJ MUSLIMS VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS
(TOTOWA, NEW JERSEY, 11/9/2006) – An informal poll of Muslim voters, conducted by the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), indicated that the vast majority in that state voted for Democrats in Tuesday’s mid-term elections.
CAIR-NJ contacted 100 Muslim voters from various districts to ask how they had voted. Of 100 Muslim voters contacted in New Jersey, 77 said they had voted for the Democratic Party candidates. This result is in line with a recent CAIR poll of Muslim voters nationwide indicating that American Muslims lean toward the Democratic Party.
“CAIR-NJ has been conducting voter registration drives across the state of New Jersey in order to mobilize American Muslim voters,” said CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi. “We are seeing that American Muslims are taking an active part in the political process in New Jersey and that their vote is a factor in the election of the winning party.” Shamsi said there are at least 18,000 registered Muslim voters in the state of New Jersey
In the weeks leading up to the election, CAIR-NJ launched a nationwide “Get Out the Muslim Vote” campaign that included phone banks in election centers and distribution of Muslim voter guides.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Director, Afsheen Shamsi: 908-938-5990, E-Mail: email@example.com