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Community Advisory: CAIR Urges Maryland Muslim Voters to Utilize ‘Enhanced Voting Options’

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/13/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Muslim voters to utilize “enhanced voting options” for the November elections announced by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan that his administration says are intended to off-set problems encountered during the June 2 vote-by-mail primary election.

SEE: Maryland Gov. Hogan orders in-person election for November despite election officials’ concerns

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-hogan-fall-election-20200708-dnbvbgttsvhtdd4yo5fhicc75a-story.html

These enhanced options include:

  • All early voting centers will be open, and all polling places will be open on Election Day to accommodate Marylanders voting in person
  • To ensure that any Marylander who wishes to vote by mail is able to do so, the State Board of Elections will send out applications for eligible voters to request absentee ballots
  • Every effort will be made to encourage voters to vote by mail, vote at early voting centers, and to vote during off-peak times to ensure their safety  

“We encourage Muslim voters to request absentee ballots to vote by mail if possible, and, in cases in which it is not possible, to plan on voting in person abiding by the recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC,” said CAIR Government Affairs Intern in Maryland Huzzaifa Muhammad.

NOTE: CAIR recently launched its new 2020 election and voter mobilization website: Muslims.Vote

GO TO: https://muslims.vote/

The website is part of CAIR’s annual non-partisan “Muslims Vote” campaign designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election.

CAIR estimates there are well over 1 million registered American Muslim voters in the United States, with large communities residing in key swing states.

SEE: CAIR Launches New 2020 Muslims.Vote Election Website, Urges Muslims to Vote by Mail, Question Candidates on Community Issues

BACKGROUND ON VOTING IN MARYLAND:

Amid concerns about securing adequate poll workers during the pandemic, Governor Hogan sent a letter to the State Board of Elections pledging to provide the state’s assistance to facilitate the election process. 

He instructed them to provide enough accessibility to voters to cast their vote to increase voter turnout as much as possible, acknowledging that “providing citizens with accessible, accountable, and transparent ways to cast their ballot is an essential component of our democratic republic.”

The State Board of Election was heavily criticized for rampant issues that arose during the primary election.

SEE: CAIR Urges Maryland Attorney General to Investigate After Multiple Voters Report Problems, Unrecorded Ballots During Vote-By-Mail Primary Election

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

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Intern Huzzaifa Muhammad, mdoutreach@cair.com, 443-636-1809; CAIR Legistive Intern Eimaan Imran, mdoutreach@cair.com, 301-232-8053; CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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