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The potential of the Muslim vote: It’s time to vote for the UK snap election

Make sure you’re registered to vote, as this General Election in December is arguably one of the most important elections of the decade.

Make sure you’re registered to vote, as this General Election in December is arguably one of the most important elections of the decade.

After much back and forth, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been allowed to hold a snap election in December, after MPs finally agreed to support his bid for a winter poll.

Set to be the first winter poll since 1923, this election is profoundly important – this General Election will decide which party will hold the majority of seats, thereby deciding who will lead Parliament and become Prime Minister. With Tory party Islamophobia and xenophobia marring campaign season, it is more important than ever to get out and vote.

With the election set for December 12th, MEND has compiled some important statistics for Muslim voters – who may in fact be key to swaying this election.

According to MEND’s page on the potential for Muslim voters, there has historically been a 47% turnout rate for Muslims voters – which is quite high and plays an important role in swinging an election. The general voter turnout for the entire British population is 65%. Considering the fact that Muslims make up less than 5% of the population, its safe to say they play a huge role during elections.

Half of British Muslims live within just 50 Parliamentary constituents, making numbers highly concentrated. 1 in 8 Parliamentary constituents have Muslim populations of 10% or over – meaning that Muslims have the power to really make a difference when voting for a Party.

In the 2017 General Election, 72% of Muslims voted Labour – an enormously huge number. Considering the Tory party’s historic ties to Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia, it is almost unsurprising that one of Britain’s largest minority groups would vote Labour.

The deadline for registering to vote is the 26th of November, and everything you need to know in order to register and vote can be found here.

Make sure you’re registered to vote, as this General Election in December is arguably one of the most important elections of the decade. With Brexit negotiations still up in arms, it is imperative for every British citizen to get out and vote this winter.

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