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COVID-19 Community Update: Most State Primaries Postponed, Some Will Rely on Mail-In Voting – #MuslimsVote

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/26/20) – In light of the nationwide coronavirus outbreak, many states have postponed their primary elections or are transitioning to a vote-by-mail alternative.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is encouraging all Americans, including Muslims, to responsibly practice social distancing and participate in state primary elections by taking advantage of – where possible – early voting by mail or vote-by-mail alternatives.

Subject to change, below are the most up to date state primary election dates and details:

  • Alaska has altered its April 4 primary to “a more extensive vote-by-mail process.”
  • Hawaii has altered its April 4 primary to vote-by-mail.
  • Wyoming has altered its April 4 Democratic caucus primary election to vote-by-mail.
  • Wisconsin‘s April 7 primary remains as scheduled.
  • Kansas‘s May 2 primary remains as scheduled with the state’s Democratic Party encouraging voters to take advantage of vote-by-mail.
  • Nebraska has not yet indicated that it will shift its May 12 primary.
  • West Virginia is expected to postpone its May 12 primary but has not yet done so.
  • Oregon‘s May 19 primary remains as scheduled.
  • Georgia‘s March 23 primary has been postponed until May 19.
  • Connecticut‘s April 28 primary has been postponed until June 2
  • Delaware‘s April 28 primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • District of Columbia‘s June 2 primary remains as scheduled.
  • Indiana‘s May 5 primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • Maryland‘s April 28 primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • Montana‘s June 2 primary remains as schedule and the state’s governor has issued a directive Wednesday allowing all state counties to conduct all vote-by-mail elections and to increase early voting.
  • New Jersey‘s June 2 primary remains as scheduled.
  • New Mexico‘s June 2 primary remains as scheduled.
  • Ohio‘s March 17th primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • Pennsylvania‘s April 28 primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • Rhode Island‘s April 28 primary has been postponed until June 2.
  • South Dakota‘s June 2 primary remains as scheduled. 
  • Louisiana‘s April 4 primary has been postponed until June 20.
  • Kentucky‘s May 19th primary has been postponed until June 23.
  • New York election officials are expected to move the state’s April 28th primary election to June 23, according to popular reports.

CAIR will continue to broadcast night-before-election automated call reminders before each state’s primary or caucus election, targeting more than 147,000 Muslim households representing some 605,135 registered American Muslim voters. The Washington-based civil rights organization estimates there are more than one million registered American Muslim voters in the United States with large communities residing in key swing states.

The calls are part of CAIR’s 2020 General Election “Muslims Vote Campaign” to increase Muslim voter turnout nationwide.

Following the nationwide “Super Tuesday” primary elections, CAIR released the results of its “#MuslimsVote 2020 Super Tuesday Exit Poll and Survey.” 

CAIR’s poll indicated that the majority (58.2 percent) of American Muslim voters who participated in state Democratic primaries on Tuesday, March 3, voted for Bernie Sanders, followed by 26.8 percent for Joe Biden, 5.4 percent for Michael Bloomberg, 5.1 percent for Elizabeth Warren, and 1.4 percent for another candidate.

The survey also indicated that 51.1 percent of American Muslim voters affiliate with the Democratic Party, and 17.5 percent with the Republican Party, while 24.5 percent identify as independent or not a member of a party.

READ THE ENTIRE REPORT: #MuslimsVote 2020 Super Tuesday Exit Poll and Survey
SEE: CAIR’s Super Tuesday Exit Poll Graphic

The survey also questioned Muslim voter households, regardless of political party affiliation, about their views on a wide range of social and policy issues, including refugee resettlement, healthcare reform, climate change, raising the federal minimum wage, and ensuring affordable housing.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated while voting, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or civilrights@cair.com.

NOTE: As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections. CAIR does not support one candidate or political party over another.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com

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