Action Alert #547: Muslims Urged to Boost Political Participation
Posted 8/20/2008 1:38:00 PM
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/20/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on all American Muslims to exercise their civic responsibility by taking part in the upcoming presidential election. CAIR is asking Muslim voters to utilize its “Civic Participation Guide,” which offers step-by-step advice for working with candidates and elected officials and organizing voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives.
Muslims in Indiana, New Jersey and South Carolina have already won elections this year. Others are running for public office in places like California, Virginia, Missouri, Minnesota, and Illinois.
With large numbers of Muslim voters in key swing states such as Ohio, Florida, and Michigan, the American Muslim community has the potential to be influential in determining the next president of the United States.
1. INFORM YOURSELF
Visit CAIR’s Election Website:
CAIR’s election site provides the latest news and opinions relating to Muslims and election races nationwide.
It also contains key issue positions of major presidential candidates, examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates for all levels of public office and links to the sites of Muslims running for public office.
Voter guides with specific information for many states, as well as a universal guide applicable anywhere in the United States, are available.
2. DO YOUR PART
Contact Your Local CAIR Chapter and Volunteer to Help:
* In Oklahoma, CAIR is holding voter registration drives every Friday until the registration deadline.
* In California, CAIR partnered with interfaith and community groups to host a candidate forum, allowing voters an opportunity to meet and hear from candidates for public office. In parts of the state, voter registration booths will be held after Friday congregational prayers and during major events.
* In Illinois, Muslims will participate in a mass get-out-the-vote effort by going door-to-door and making calls to ensure maximum turnout from the Muslim community. Voter registration efforts have been taking place daily since July.
* In Ohio, a calling center will strive to repeat the 2004 get-out-the-vote efforts that reached in excess of 18,000 Muslim voters.
* In New York voter registration drives will continue to take place until the registration deadline.
* In Texas, voter registrations efforts occur at CAIR-hosted programs, workshops and major community events. http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=763&&ArticleID=25357&&name=n&&currPage=1