It is essential that American Muslims participate in our nation’s democratic process. There are many ways to do this; one of the simplest and most critical is voting in national and local elections.
Civic participation, especially voting, is a citizenship right.
It is our duty to give our leaders sincere advice. We should support public officials who prove themselves trustworthy and a benefit to the nation. We should vote to remove them from public office when they do not.
Islam’s message is comprehensive, encompassing all aspects of life. Inaction, or worse cynicism, denies this. If you are not present to give your opinions others will do so for you.
Your participation in public affairs protects Muslims and promotes good in society—reducing poverty, making quality medical care easily accessible, and ensuring everyone’s civil liberties.
Bringing your Islamic character to political life supports such universal ideals as strong families, protection of the weak, and justice. Empowering these ideals ensures that our nation projects to the world the best of its values not the worst of its fears.
Muslims should not limit their desire to promote good to any exclusive group. Muslims have strong values and family ethics to contribute to American culture. Good Islamic character compels us to care for others and show concern for their problems. Faith should compel us to act in ways that benefit all people.
If you're not already registered, please register to vote!
The CAIR 2008 Elections website provides you with the latest news and opinions relating to Muslims and election races nationwide.
This site also contains key issue positions of the presidential candidates, examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates for all levels of public office and links to the sites of Muslims running for public office.
Visit the 2008 Elections site now.
To register to vote in the State of Texas, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
• Be a U.S. citizen
• Be a resident of Texas
• Be 18 years old (must register at 17 years and 10 months)
• Not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
• Not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law
CAIR-Houston will be holding several voter registration drives this month after Juma, Family Nights, and other major events. We will be conducting voter registration drives at Masjid Hamza, Masjid As-Sabireen, Masjid As-Salam, Masjid Bilal, Main Center, and Masjid Abu Bakr all throughout January and early February. In addition, we have planned voter drives at the University of Houston Main Campus in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association.
For more information about our voter drives or to assist in registering others to vote please email email@example.com or call our office at (713) 838-CAIR.
The links below will take you to external websites allowing you two options to register to vote.
Request a postage-paid voter registration form be sent to your house by clicking here.
Fill out a voter registration form online, print it out, and mail it to the Secretary of State by clicking here.