What a masjid can or cannot do in elections

What a masjid can do in elections

  • conduct non-partisan voter registration
  • organize get-out-the vote efforts
  • give khutbas on importance of voting in elections, running for an office, joining political parties and being active in politics
  • educate Muslims, public and the candidates by inviting candidates through khutba, newsletters and meetings about issues important to Muslims, like civil rights, torture, etc
  • allow candidates to have their programs in masjids as long as you are willing to allow all parties to participate
  • rent mailing lists and other facilities at fair market value as long as you are willing to sell to all parties
  • Imams, presidents and other leaders of masjid can endorse a candidate, join a party or run for an office but without using masjid resources

 What a masjid can’t do

  • formally endorse a candidate through using masjid resources
  • make campaign contributions from masjid finances
  • make expenditures on behalf of candidates
  • restrict their lists to certain candidates
  • increase the volume or amount of candidate criticism at election time



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