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Ohio ‘Get Out the Muslim Vote’ Centers a Success

 

CAIR-Ohio Volunteers at the 'Get Out the Muslim Vote' Election Centers make the phone calls
CAIR-Ohio Volunteers at the
‘Get Out the Muslim Vote’ Election
Centers make the phone calls

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/27/2004) – The Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today reported the ongoing success of its “Get Out the Muslim Vote” election centers in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The centers are using phone banks staffed by volunteers to urge eligible Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 2.

On Saturday and Tuesday, volunteers made more than 3,000 phone calls to registered Muslim voters. More than 650 of those contacted took a voter pledge, committing to going to the polls on election day.

“We have 22,000 more numbers to call this weekend,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. “Muslims are not sitting by and watching this election, we are full participants.”

“You can see the volunteers becoming more energized as they get positive response after positive response,” said CAIR-National Government Relations Director Corey Saylor, who is in Ohio to help coordinate the voter outreach effort.

Saylor said that even during the fast of Ramadan, volunteers who cannot eat or drink during their daytime shifts have stayed past their three-hour commitment.

CAIR’s election center in Columbus will also provide information about polling station locations and voter rights on election day.

CAIR-Ohio will be calling Muslim voters from its regional offices on the following dates:

Columbus (4700 Reed Road, Suite B)
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cleveland (2999 Payne Ave., Suite 201)
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cincinnati (2938 Vernon Place)
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Anyone wishing to volunteer for a shift on a CAIR-Ohio phone bank may call
614-451-3232 or e-mail csaylor@cair-net.org.}

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-mail: jad@cair-ohio.com;
CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-mail: ahmad@cair-ohio.com

 

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