CAIR-NJ Encourages Muslim Community to Vote Early for Primary Election

(NEWARK, NJ, 5/31/2024) The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is urging Muslims across the state to vote in the Primary Election on or before June 4, 2024.

Registered voters have the option to participate in the election process today and throughout the weekend as well as on Election Day on Tuesday.

In-person early voting: May 29 – June 2
Primary Election Day: June 4
Election Day Poll Hours: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

SEE: A list of poll locations near you

With early voting already underway, New Jersey voters may cast their ballots for several key seats at the federal, state and local levels. In addition to the presidential election, the US Senate, US House of Representatives, State Senate as well as local races in some cities and counties are on the ballot.

“It is crucial for members of our Muslim community to practice their civic duty in this Primary Election as we witness the abhorrent and deadly violence unfolding in Gaza and across Palestine,” CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said. “Voting is just one tool we can use to mark our presence in the political arena.”

New Jersey operates a closed primary system, meaning voters must be affiliated with a political party to be eligible to participate in that party’s primary election. People who are not affiliated with either of the two major parties may still vote in down ballot nonpartisan races such as local boards of education.

“Our voices matter now more than ever as hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent months,” said CAIR-NJ Senior Communications Associate Aya Elamroussi. “By making our votes count in this election, we can choose candidates whose policies advance human rights here in the Garden State and abroad.”

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

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Senior Communications Associate Aya Elamroussi, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, aelamroussi@cair.com

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