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Muslims in Tennessee cast their ballots for "Muslim Vote Day"

In a state-wide event, members of the Muslim community were encouraged to head to the polls ahead of the November election.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Muslims in Tennessee are completing their civic duty and casting their ballots as apart of Muslim Vote Day. It’s an effort to get everyone involved in the November election voting process.

“It’s an instrumental effort according to the American Muslim Advisory Council. 

“If you’ve already voted through early voting remind your friends, your families and loved ones your neighbors,” said Halla Mustafa, the West Tennessee program manager with the advisory council. “They don’t have to be Muslim.”

It’s a simple message.

“It’s our civic duty for all of us to go out and just vote.”

But an impactful one. 

Mustafa said Muslim Vote Day is a collaboration with Vote Early Tennessee.

It’s the organization’s biggest push yet to get members of the Muslim community to the polls all across Tennessee.”

“For me, it took me literally 15 minutes in and out. Some people have never voted before though and for those people they think it’s something huge and major.”

Mustafa said for some voting for the first time can be a daunting.

“There is a bit of intimidation that goes on with it. From the lack of understanding or feeling accepted. Or just the understanding of the process. 

Advisory council volunteers were on standby at the polls to help with any questions. 

“It’s all across Tennessee and if you needed a ride to a polling site someone was there. If you needed help explaining the procedure, someone was there.”

Remember - early voting continues in Tennessee until October 29th. You'll need your photo ID.

For voting locations click here.