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CAIR Releases First-Ever Maryland Muslim Voter Guide as Part of Statewide GOTV Campaign Ahead of 2018 Midterm Election

Produced in Partnership with United Maryland Muslim Council, Voter Guide Aims to Educate Voters on Candidate Positions, Promote Voter Turnout 

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/2/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the release its “2018 Maryland Voter Guide” as part of a statewide “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaign.

Direct Download Link: 2018 Maryland Voter Guide

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

The voter guide, the first of its kind produced by a Muslim organization in the state, is a collaboration between CAIR and the United Maryland Muslim Council (UMMC). It is designed to educate voters about candidates’ positions on key issues; promote voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections and simplify access to helpful resources, links and tools to facilitate the voting process. 

“Maryland Muslim voters and our allies have the potential to significantly influence the outcome of various races in our state,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “With so much at stake, this guide aims to educate and empower voters to exercise their constitutional right, fulfill their civic duty and be part of the political process in Maryland.”

The publication features the results of a candidate survey that was sent to approximately 46 candidates competing in local, statewide and congressional races. The survey received a response rate of more than 70 percent. Questions focused on topics such as the Muslim Travel Ban Executive Order, profiling by law enforcement, immigration, and faith-based bullying in Maryland public schools. 

The voter guide also includes CAIR’s Maryland congressional scorecard and recommendation on one of two statewide ballot measures.

CAIR will circulate a limited number of print copies this week, and more widely distribute its electronic version that also contains candidates’ supplemental responses to survey questions. 

CAIR is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that makes no claims to the favorability of one candidate over another. UMMC is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the interest and involvement of American Muslims in Maryland. 

Recently, CAIR cited the unprecedented level of civic engagement and grassroots effort displayed by more than 90 Muslim political candidates and their supporters that led to victories for many. 

SEE: In the Midst of Rampant Islamophobia, American Muslims are Making Political History

According to CAIR’s most recent report, the first quarter of 2018 saw a spike in prejudice against American Muslims in which government agencies were found to have instigated 31 percent of all bias incidents.

SEE: Full CAIR Quarterly Report on American Muslim Civil Rights

A Summer 2018 report published by researchers from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group revealed that some 20 percent of Americans support denying American Muslims their right to vote. 

SEE: Nearly 1-in-5 Americans would deny Muslim American citizens the right to vote, new report finds

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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