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Why Does the American Muslim Vote Matter?

WASHINGTON – US Muslims have come up more in this election than ever before. But did you know they could actually swing the election?

According to the Pew Research Center report in January 2016, Muslims represent just 1 to 2 percent of the country’s population.

However, the majority of the 3.3 million community lives in strategic places, or swing states, like Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based rights organization, launched its 2016 Muslims Vote campaign, the goal was to lead 1 million Muslim constituents to the voting booths.

A surge in Muslim electoral participation could have consequences beyond the presidential race, helping Democrats in down-ballot races and perhaps creating a more cohesive voting bloc in future presidential contests.



AJ+’s Dena Takruri reports from the battleground state of Florida.

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