CAIR-NJ Applauds American Muslim Participation in NJ Primaries, Notes 40,000+ Votes for Ceasefire in Palestine

NEWARK, N.J. (6/5/2024) The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) applauds the thousands of American Muslim voters who participated in the state’s primary election on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

As of Wednesday, 90% of the votes have been counted. So far, the results show the uncommitted choice on the ballot received more than 40,000 votes.
CAIR-NJ worked to galvanize Muslim Americans through voter outreach efforts to increase the community’s civic engagement throughout the state of New Jersey.

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Advocacy Coordinator Mousa Naji said:

“Voting is an essential part of our democracy. It is necessary for citizens to exercise their right to vote as a means of expression and to shape the world to be a better place.

“More than 40,000 New Jerseyans took the opportunity to vote uncommitted, making it clear the genocide in Palestine must end. Collectively, they expressed their demand for a ceasefire and for the US to stop sending weapons that have been fueling Israel’s bombardment of Palestine.”

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut also welcomed the voter turn-out Tuesday, saying it was a crucial part of CAIR-NJ’s mission to get as many Muslim Americans to the polls as possible.

“New Jersey’s Muslim community cares deeply about Palestine. Many have family and friends impacted by Israel’s war on Gaza. We expect that it will continue to be an important issue for voters as November approaches,” Maksut said.

“CAIR-NJ will continue to educate the public about the electoral process, key policy issues, and encourage civic participation for larger future turn outs. It’s crucial to continue this momentum into the general election to ensure our voices are heard.”

CAIR-NJ is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization and does not participate in political candidate endorsements. However, the chapter has urged eligible voters to hit the polls to make their voices heard through choosing a candidate that best aligns with their values and views.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Senior Communications Associate Aya Elamroussi, 551-208-5482, aelamroussi@cair.com

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