November 7, 2020
Muslim American Vote, Particularly Black Muslim Vote, Essential to Biden’s Victory in Pennsylvania
Emgage Action celebrates the high Muslim American voter turnout in Pennsylvania, which was instrumental to Biden’s victory in the state, and Biden’s ultimate victory. Emgage has a chapter in Pennsylvania and dedicated significant “Million Muslim Votes” campaign resources to turning out Pennsylvania’s Muslim voters, especially in Philadelphia.
According Emgage’s analysis, over 57,000 Muslim American early and absentee votes have been counted in Pennsylvania.* This is a tremendous increase from 2016, when just over 4,700 Muslim Americans in the state voted early or via absentee ballots. Emgage’s volunteers made over 170,000 calls to galvanize the Muslim American vote in the state.
“Biden’s victory in Michigan and Pennsylvania are clear examples of the power of the Muslim American vote. Importantly, the black Muslim vote was particularly instrumental to Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. Muslim Americans should be recognized as a pivotal demographic that worked to preserve our pluralistic democracy during these elections.” – Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action
Emgage Action is a Muslim civic advocacy organization, with national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and state chapters in Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York.
*This data was collected as of 11:59PM on November 2, 2020, and was provided by each state’s Secretary of State, a name match algorithm, a self-reported ethnicity code, and a self-reported religion code.