(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/6/16) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and organization, will live tweet reactions to Tuesday’s midterm election results, highlighting the issues and races of concern to American Muslim voters.
Follow CAIR’s Twitter feed at @CAIRNational and Facebook feed at www.facebook.com/CAIRNational. Follow hashtags #MuslimsVote and #MyMuslimVote. Many CAIR chapters nationwide will also post reactions to local and national election results using their social media channels.
CAIR chapters nationwide have mobilized community members to vote during the primary and general elections.
Earlier this year, CAIR recognized the historic string of victories by American Muslim candidates in the Minnesota primary election. Seven Minnesotan Somali, Arab-American and African-American Muslim candidates won a series of victories during the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor and non-partisan primaries.
CAIR noted that more than 90 American Muslims ran for office this year at the local, state and national level, and many of them advanced to the November general elections.
Next week, CAIR and Jetpac, a group that seeks to build a strong American Muslim political infrastructure and increase American Muslims’ influence and engagement, will release a joint report surveying successful campaigns and organizing strategies employed by American Muslim candidates. Its findings include a trend that American Muslim candidates and campaigns prioritized broad social justice-oriented policies such as equitable housing, healthcare, and employment and did so by working across traditional political boundaries and through various levels of office.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their voting rights have been violated, to video record the incident, contact the poll watcher on site, contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR’s Civil Rights Department and national network of chapters will coordinate election day reporting to make sure complaints are addressed as quickly and effectively as possible.
As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections and does not support one candidate or party over another.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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