The 2020 election cycle presents the American Muslim community with an important opportunity to increase its political capacity and presence.

To those ends, CAIR-CA has compiled three resources to help guide community members as they plan to vote in the November 2020 Presidential General Election. Inside this guide, you will find:

  • Congressional scorecard
  • State legislative scorecard
  • Statewide proposition guide

The scorecards reflect the voting performance of California representatives from Congress and the state legislature. The votes of each legislator have been rated positive (green) or negative (red) depending on how closely their votes corresponded with civil rights and social justice priorities identified by CAIR-CA. The criteria selected for each topic is rooted in legislation introduced and voted on in 2019-2020.

As the amount of legislation introduced in both Congress and the state legislature is rather expansive, please note that elected officials should not be judged by these criteria alone. The scorecards are intended to provide a general profile to assist voters in better understanding the attitudes of elected officials toward key civil rights issues. CAIR-CA makes no claims as to the favorability of one candidate over another, however we encourage voters to further research the actions of their legislators before supporting any candidate.

At the end of the guide are CAIR-CA’s recommendations on statewide ballot propositions. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, CAIR-CA cannot advocate for specific candidates for office or party preference, however it can endorse ballot propositions. CAIR-CA is able to encourage American Muslims to engage in the election process, conduct voter registration training programs, issue briefings, host candidate forums, educate the community on issues, take positions on legislation, and lead get-out-the-vote drives.

Please contact your local CAIR-CA office if you have any questions or would like to get involved with our various civic engagement efforts.

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