(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/3/16) — The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today published a 2016 “California Voter Guide” that offers resources to assist California Muslims as they prepare to vote in the November election.
CAIR-CA’s Muslim voter guide includes a congressional scorecard, a state legislative scorecard, and a guide to statewide propositions.
The scorecards reflect the voting performance of California’s members of Congress, as well as the votes of state assemblymembers and senators. The votes of each legislator have been rated positive or negative depending on how closely their votes on relevant legislation correlated with civil rights and social justice priorities identified by CAIR-CA.
The guide also includes CAIR-CA's recommendations on the state’s 17 ballot propositions. As a non-profit organization, CAIR-CA cannot campaign for or against specific candidates for office, but is able to endorse ballot measures.
“The CAIR-CA Voter Guide is an educational tool to empower the state’s Muslim voters and allies in this critical election year,” said Omar Hassaine, CAIR-CA board chair. “It also communicates to our elected officials that their constituents are paying attention to their votes, which will in turn affect the way that we choose to vote.”
Hard copies of the guide will be available at CAIR-CA offices and will be distributed at the mosques throughout California.
The voter guide is part of CAIR-CA's voter empowerment and mobilization efforts. In addition to the distribution of the voter guide, CAIR-CA's efforts include launching the #CAIR2Vote Voter Engagement Campaign (http://muslims.vote/ca/), registering voters, and hosting candidates’ forum at local mosques.
DOWNLOAD: CAIR-CA 2016 California Voter Guide
Nationwide, CAIR has launched a number of similar Muslim voter empowerment efforts in this election cycle.
SEE: CAIR Launches Muslim Voter Registration Effort
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.