Lucas County to decide vote, Zogby says

Posted by on November 05, 2012 in News Clips

Toledo-area voters will decide the presidential election, said James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute who made several area stops this weekend, touting the role of Lucas County and Toledo in determining the nation’s president.

“From everything I’m hearing right now, as this county goes, so goes Ohio, and as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. So in many ways, you are going to play the role of the decider,” said James Zogby, an executive committee member of the Democratic National Committee, in an interview with The Blade on Sunday. He is founder of Zogby Research Services, which does polling...

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Voter Intimidation: Be on the Lookout

Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Blog

A Texas- based group, True the Vote, plans to mobilize millions of poll watchers around the country. But some fear that its real intention is to intimidate minority voters. Their fears were confirmed last month when True the Vote’s national election coordinator told poll watchers that their aim should be to make for voters feel “like [you’re] driving and seeing the police following you.”

The organization, which has openly stated its intention to oust President Obama, has been the subject of media investigations regarding its attempts to purge voter rolls across the country....

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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The Arab American Vote: 2012

Posted on October 01, 2012 in Washington Watch

Arab Americans matter. Well integrated into all spheres of American life, Arab Americans are teachers, medical professionals, auto-workers, and first responders. In communities across the country the Arab American business community is a key to local prosperity. Arab Americans are also a bridge to their countries of origin, providing critical political and business insights into developments unfolding in the MENA region. And Arab Americans have been termed "the weak link in America's civil liberty chain" - because the rights of the community are sometimes put at risk by aggressive unconstitutional law enforcement practices. 

In an election year, in several areas...

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Zogby: Poll Shows Arab Americans Are Key Constituency in Several Swing States

Posted on September 24, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik(202) 652-4988 September 24, 2012

Arab American Institute to Release Survey on Arab American Vote in 2012

Washington, DC – On Thursday, September 27 2012, AAI will release the findings of its recently conducted poll on the Arab American vote, a key constituency in important swing states in this election. AAI will also make available data from similar surveys conducted over the past decade on the Arab American vote.

Dr. James Zogby said:

“A significant number of Arab American votes are up for grabs in this election. As our data going back to...

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AAI, NNAAC Adopt New Logo for Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Blog

The Arab American Institute (AAI) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) have adopted a logo for National Voter Registration Day on September 25. The Logo, designed by Nabil Ahmed Khatri, a high school student from Queens, New York with his own graphic design business, will be worn by thousands of Arab American volunteers across a number of states participating in efforts to register voters for the upcoming November elections. AAI and NNAAC are mobilizing the community by hosting a number of election-related events including town halls, GOTV efforts, and a virtual phone banking system targeting eleven key states...

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What’s It Worth?

Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog

The fight over early voting in Ohio has been contentious for some time.  It seemed to reach a peak when the Obama campaign sued Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State John Husted in mid-July. But this week, the stakes got even higher for two election officials.

Last week, Husted stirred controversy when he mandated that all 88 Ohio counties offer the same hours for extended voting, regardless of the hours set by the counties’ own Election Boards. The “regular business hours” dictated by Husted eliminate weekend voting deemed critical in many urban jurisdictions.

Montgomery County election...

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Linda Mansour - Inspiring Arab Americans to Get Involved

Posted by on August 01, 2012 in Blog

By Sara Jawhari

2012 Summer Intern

Linda Mansour was born into a life of politics.

While her mother was in labor at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC, Mansour’s father, a lab tech known for his skill with the needle, was called in to draw blood from President Eisenhower, and missed the birth of his daughter.

“My father is a US Army veteran and I was raised by parents who were very much proud Americans but always had one foot here, one foot there,” said Mansour. By ‘there,’ she is referring to her family’s native country of...

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Make Your Voice Heard: Arab American Week of Action

Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog

The 2012 elections are heating up, and AAI has been working to keep you informed of key election developments in your state and nationwide. Now, we need your help to ensure that the Arab American community has a voice in the lead up to November.

Join AAI and NNAAC in mobilizing Arab Americans across the country to meet with their representatives in the home district office during our Week of Action from August 13-17. Building and sustaining a relationship with your elected official is one of the most important ways to effectively advocate on your issues. Our...

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