2nd Annual National Muslim Voter Registration Day on 8/23/19
(Washington, D.C. 08/21/2019) – On Friday, August 23rd, a coalition of Muslim organizations will be hosting voter registration drives in over fifty locations nationwide in honor of National Muslim Voter Registration Day (#NMVRD). Led by MPower Change and its partners, Emgage USA, Council on American Islamic Relations, American Muslim Advisory Council, and Georgia Muslim Voter Project, the coalition consists of organizations working on both the local and national levels. The goal of these efforts is to register and further engage Muslim voters, who have already proven to be a crucial voting bloc.
“In a time of heightened islamophobia, Muslims are more politically engaged than ever. Our votes matter. It’s why no 2020 Democratic primary candidate can win the presidential nomination without the Muslim community.” – Linda Sarsour, co-founder, MPower Change
“Anyone who has lived through the past two years and believes that voting does not matter is not being honest. Muslim Americans can only protect their rights and contribute to how this country is governed by getting involved. The first step is to vote.” -Wa’el Alzayat, CEO, Emgage USA
“It is the responsibility of every American Muslim to register to vote and ensure the growth of our community’s political strength and capacity. Every aspiring politician and elected official who wants to stay in office should know one thing: that who wins or loses any given race is in the hands of only the most proactive of communities, and that includes American Muslims.” – Roula Allouch, National Board Chair, Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR)
WHAT: National Muslim Voter Registration Day 2019 (#NMVRD)
WHO: A coalition of local and national Muslim organizations, including MPower Change, Emgage USA, Council on American Islamic Relations, American Muslim Advisory Council, and Georgia Muslim Voter Project
WHEN: Friday, August 23rd, 2019
The Muslim American community is poised to play a historical roll in the 2020 presidential elections. Muslim Americans are voting in record numbers. In the last midterm elections alone, a study conducted by Emgage USA found that Muslim voters grew by 25 percent from 2014 in key swing states, like Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan. From opposing the travel ban to family separation, our community has consistently stood-up against hate and discrimination while resisting the politics of fear and divisiveness.
#NMVRD is part of the larger #MyMuslimVote campaign—a national non-partisan campaign focused on increasing civic engagement in U.S. Muslim communities through voter registration, engagement, and mobilization efforts.