CAIRO – Eyeing to empower the sizable minority ahead of midterm elections, a leading US Muslim advocacy group has launched a campaign to mobilize Muslim voters to cast their votes in the November 4 poll.
“Across the nation, American Muslims have emerged as a significant voting blocs able to change the outcome of hard fought and tight races,” Robert McCaw, Government Affairs Manager of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
“It is the Muslim community’s job to vote for the candidates that, regardless of political party, best reflect their views.”
US Muslims Prefer Democrats: CAIR Survey
According to CAIR plan, Muslim voters will be mobilized this weekend through a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) call campaign directed at 145,000 households in states with high concentrations of American Muslims.
The calls will urge Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 4 and will be recorded by regional Muslim leaders in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.
CAIR also plans to conduct post-election exit poll on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, asking Muslim voters if they voted and who they voted for in key statewide elections.
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In a recent survey of Muslim voters, CAIR found that 69 percent of registered Muslim voters plan to voter in the midterm election and that more than half will support the Democratic Party.
Domestic issues like the economy and health care continue to top the Muslim voters’ list of priority concerns in this election.
Though there are no official figures, America is believed to be the home of nearly 7-8 million Muslims.
A recent Pew research found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society