Muslims Could Play Pivotal Role in Presidential Election

March 29, 2004

Source: Muslim Wakeup!

On March 29, 2004, Muslim Wakeup! ran an article by Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a non-resident fellow at Brookings and Director of International Studies and Chair of Political Science at Adrian College. Dr. Khan wrote, "The American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections 2004 (AMT), an official umbrella organization of many American Muslim Organizations, has made Civil rights its main concern, they call their strategy 'Civil Rights Plus.' They have identified American Muslim concerns as (1) Civil Rights, (2) domestic issues and general welfare and (3) Global peace with justice, war prevention and US relations with the Muslim World. This group is essentially the same group that under the name American Muslim Political Coordination Committee (AMPCC) endorsed George W. Bush and, according to them, delivered 78% of American Muslim votes to him in 2000. Dr. Aslam Abdullah of the Muslim Electorate’s Council of America (not a member of the taskforce) reports that a national study conducted by his organization reveals that there are 2.7 to 3.0 million potential Muslim voters today, but only 60% are registered, reducing the possible number of votes to 1.6-1.8 million. Even if there is a high turnout of Muslims in November 2004, we are looking at about 1-1.25 million votes. This can be a significant number in a close election, and American Muslims could play a pivotal role."