According to a new study released by the Muslim political advocacy group Emgage, American Muslim voter turnout in four key swing states (Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia) jumped 25 percentage points from the 2014 to the 2018 midterm elections.
“This is a community that has not engaged politically in the past and has been taken for granted by both political parties,” says Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage. “We’re seeing now an undeniable trend, and the trend is moving up. Muslims are voting. They’re going to be significant politically.”
Here’s the uptick in Muslim turnout in each of the key states per Emgage:
In Florida, 53% of registered Muslim voters turned out to vote in the 2018 midterm elections ― a 22 percentage point increase from 2014.
In Ohio, 48% of registered Muslim voters participated ― a 29 percentage point increase.
In Virginia, 60% of registered Muslim voters participated ― a 31 percentage point increase.
And in Michigan, 50% of registered Muslim voters participated ― a 19 percentage point increase.
In total, across the four swing states, Muslim turnout jumped from about 130,000 votes to over 285,000 from 2014 to 2018.