Website Aims to Push Muslims to the Polls

September 29, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

On September 29, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "National Muslim civic leaders announced a new push yesterday to get the country's estimated 2.2 million registered Muslim voters to the polls, unveiling a Web site that spells out key races of 'Muslim interest' and ATM-like voter registration machines that will be put in mosques and Islamic student centers. The campaign by the Washington-based Muslim American Society is a continuation of an effort that has been underway since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to increase American Muslims' involvement in the political process. A 2005 survey by the Muslim American Political Action Committee said 84 percent of registered Muslims voted in the November 2004 election, compared with 41 percent in 2000. The efforts are getting more tailored, Muslim leaders said in announcing the creation of the society's Center for Electoral Empowerment. The center's main feature is a Web site that offers details on issues that the political action committee says are the most important to Muslim voters: concerns about 'the erosion of civil liberties,' 'fair' immigration reform and foreign policy, said Mukit Hossain, president of MAPAC. The site, , highlights 30 races in 11 states where there are significant Muslim populations, including Illinois, New Jersey, California and Texas. The focus on Muslim voting -- both by Muslim American leaders and political candidates -- rose again after the 2004 election, when the Muslim vote moved significantly away from the Republican Party."