The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Muslim community member participation in the 2018 Midterm Election. This election is very important and we are already seeing high voter turnout in early voting. On Monday, October 22, the first day of early voting 55,384 ballots had been cast in Dallas County, according to the county elections department. That surpasses the 29,217 from the first day of early voting for the last midterm election in 2014.
Do not wait until the Presidential election to make your voice head. This election is just as important if not more important. We are electing people that will represent us, from our State Senators to United States Representatives. Additionally, we are electing Judges and Attorneys who will make decisions on our civil, family, and criminal cases. We will also be voting on propositions which will affect our taxes and the education of our children.
A big Muslim turnout magnifies our community’s voice, visibility, and impact. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested.
To be ready to vote, please make note of the following helpful tips:
- Educate yourself on the candidates.
- Go to the polls and vote for the candidates of your choice.
- Polling places are subject to change. Always check your designated polling place. Your normal voting location may not be open during early voting, please click the link below to find early voting locations.
- Expect longer than usual lines at voting locations, wait time could be 30 minutes to an hour.
- Remind and encourage your friends and family members to vote.
- Use social media to encourage all eligible voters to go to the polls.
- Offer to help friends, co-workers and family members get to the polls.
- Community leaders should encourage congregations to vote.
- Convince one person who did not plan to vote to go to the polls.
- Ask for a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters due to an administrative error or if you forget your identification.