September 10, 2020
Muslim Advocates, Alliance for Justice Release Election Guidance for Mosques
WASHINGTON, DC — As Election Day nears, Muslim Advocates and Alliance for Justice have published guidance containing crucial information for mosques and Muslim community organizations explaining what is and is not permitted regarding election-related activities. The fact sheet includes examples of permissible and non-permissible election activities, tips on how to prepare a nonprofit for an election as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization and Alliance for Justice is a respected legal advocacy organization representing over 120 groups. Both organizations are 501(c)(3) charities and have significant experience navigating election activity rules for nonprofits. Mosques and other 501(c)(3) organizations are generally allowed to raise awareness of an issue, educate the public about a candidate’s views and encourage the public to vote and engage in nonpartisan political activities. These groups, however, are not allowed to support or oppose a candidate running for office. Violating these rules could jeopardize the tax status of a 501(c)(3) charity, invite tax penalties and make an organization vulnerable to attacks from political opponents.
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.