Publication Aims to Educate Voters on Election Processes, Candidate Positions
(BALTIMORE, MD., 10/20/20) – Today, the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released its 2020 Maryland Voter Guide as part of its statewide campaign to mobilize Muslim voters across the state and promote participation in the 2020 general election.
SEE: 2020 Maryland Voter Guide
“This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes,” said Director of CAIR’s office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “It’s critical that our communities remain informed and engaged despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. CAIR’s voter guide aims to empower Muslim voters in Maryland to exercise their civic duty and participate fully in the political process.”
The election process has been modified by the Maryland State Board of Elections during the coronavirus pandemic to help voters cast their ballots safely. This publication aims to:
1. familiarize voters with new voting procedures
2. educate voters on candidates’ positions on key issues
3. encourage voters to make a plan
4. promote participation through mail-in or in-person voting
5. simplify access to helpful resources, links and tools to facilitate the voting process, and
6. provide information to report voter suppression efforts in the state
The guide features presidential candidate profiles for major and third party presidential candidates, including President Donald Trump (Republican Party), former Vice President Joe Biden (Democratic Party), Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian Party), Howie Hawkins (Green Party), and Gloria La Riva (Socialism and Liberation Party). These summaries highlight the candidates’ views and positions on issues such as economy, climate change and environment, healthcare, domestic national security, Islam and Muslims, acting as commander in chief, immigration, civil rights, and education.
It also includes a Maryland congressional scorecard reflecting the voting performance of Maryland representatives from the U.S. Congress who are up for re-election in 2020. The votes of each legislator have been rated positively or negatively 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 the 116th Congress from 2019-2020.
[NOTE: CAIR’s 2020 voter guide and congressional scorecard is intended to provide a general profile that CAIR hopes will assist voters in better understanding the attitudes of elected officials on key issues. Any member of Congress’ lack of co-sponsorship does not necessarily indicate their position on a given bill and as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, CAIR makes no claims as to the favorability of one candidate being elected over another. CAIR encourages Muslims and allies to further research the actions of their local representatives before supporting any candidate.]
Earlier this week, the civil rights organization released a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging voters to plan ahead.
SEE: CAIR Muslims.Vote PSA: What is Your Plan to Vote?
The voter guide and PSA are a part of CAIR’s campaign designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election.
A recent CAIR survey indicated that 89% of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in the November 3rd General Election.
READ: CAIR’s Post Presidential Debate Survey of Muslim Voters
CAIR recently launched a new section of the 2020 election and voter mobilization website for “Early Voting” and updated its “Vote-by-Mail Guide” to mark National Voter Registration Day for 2020.
IMPORTANT: If you believe your rights have been violated while voting, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or email@example.com.
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.
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.