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300,000 Muslims Have Registered to Vote Since 2012

300,000 Muslims Have Registered to Vote Since 2012
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By    |   Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:57 AM

There are an estimated 300,000 Muslims who have registered to vote since the 2012 presidential elections, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

This represents a 60 percent growth in Muslim registered voters, said CAIR, which is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's calls for banning Muslims from entering the country and increasing surveillance at mosques following last year's terrorist attack by a Muslim couple in San Bernardino, Calif. has galvanized the community to become more politically active, The Washington Post reports.

Tensions skyrocketed again following similar Trump comments in reaction to the Orlando massacre earlier this month that was carried out by an American Muslim who declared his allegiance to the Islamic State.

"If we don't stand up now, I don't know when the Muslim community across this country will be politically engaged or civically minded," Azra Baig, a New Jersey Muslim, told The Washington Post. "Unfortunately, it took this climate for people to be more active, but it will happen. We are going to vote."

Earlier this month, CAIR launched a non-partisan voter campaign to encourage American Muslims to actively participate in the election campaign.

There were approximately 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015, making up about one percent of the population, according to Pew Research Center.

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There are an estimated 300,000 additional Muslims who have registered to vote since the 2012 presidential elections, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
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