(WASHINGTON TIMES) More than a quarter million Muslims have become registered voters since the last presidential election, a Muslim group reported on Tuesday.
In June there were 824,000 registered Muslim voters whose first, middle or last names matched a list of 43,538 traditionally Muslim names, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which used a private national database of voter information. That number represents a significant bump from the 500,000 voters the group accounted for in 2012, using the same method.
One reason for the surge, CAIR suggests, is "increased political involvement resulting from rhetorical attacks on that faith community by public figures." While the press release does not mention GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump by name, it does contain two links to articles about how the candidate is "attacking Muslims" and "fueling prejudice, hate incidents."
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