Candidates not courting the Muslim vote

At the 44th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) last September, all of the Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls were invited to attend – not a single one accepted the invitation. Even though presidential candidates aren’t courting Muslim voters, the community will have a voice come November. Many groups, including ISNA and the American Muslim Council are mobilizing people to register and inform voters on positions and issues that affect Muslim Americans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, civil rights and the war in Iraq are two major issues of concern – but so are family topics of education and healthcare.