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Election 2024 and Muslim Voters

Updated: Jun 26



Elections are an essential part of democracy. Every year, Americans elect thousands of representatives at various levels to govern our affairs. Where do we Muslims fit in the electoral process? What role we can play in strengthening our democratic institutions? Where can we be most effective based on our voting presence? We cannot carve out our path without looking at the electoral realities. In this series on elections, we will look at the demographic and political profile of each state and identify states and districts where our voices can be heard effectively. This first in the series is an introduction to the electoral battles shaping up in the country.  

There are 519,682 elected officials in the US. 96% of them hold local, 3.6 state and .1%feseral offices

The 542 federal offices include the President, Vice President, 100 U.S. Senators (two from each state), 435 U.S. Representatives, four delegates to the House of Representatives from U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, a Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

State

Population

Total

Federal

State

Local

Politicians Per 10,000 citizens

United States

327,167,434

512,658

534

17,628

493 830

20.6

Alabama

4,887,871

4,385

9

436

3 949

10.9

Alaska

737,438

1,929

3

255

1 674

35.1

Arizona

7,171,646

3,289

11

239

3,050

9

Arkansas

3,013,825

8,408

6

349

8,059

35.8

California

39,557,045

18,925

55

226

18 699

6.4

Colorado

5,695,564

8,605

9

280

8 325

26.1

Connecticut

3,572,665

9,147

7

333

8 814

27.8

Delaware

967,171

1,171

3

80

1 091

17.6

District of Columbia

702,455

348

0

348

5.7

Florida

21,299,325

5,588

29

934

4,654

4.3

Georgia

10,519,475

6,529

16

465

6,064

10.1

Hawaii

1,420,491

183

4

91

92

1.7

Idaho

1,754,208

4,775

4

171

4,604

47.4

Illinois

12,741,080

42,336

20

623

41,713

37

Indiana

6,691,878

11,624

11

506

11,118

21

Iowa

3,156,145

16,479

6

319

16,160

59.4

Kansas

2,911,505

18,895

6

343

18,552

76.3

Kentucky

4,468,402

7,060

8

565

6,495

19.2

Louisiana

4,659,978

5,051

8

629

4,422

12

Maine

1,338,404

6,556

4

210

6,346

53.4

Maryland

6,042,718

2,123

10

356

1,767

4.4

Massachusetts

6,902,149

22,173

11

225

21,948

36.9

Michigan

9,995,915

18,704

16

652

18,052

20.1

Minnesota

5,611,179

18,870

10

623

18,247

43.3

Mississippi

2,986,530

4,754

6

296

4,458

18.5

Missouri

6,126,452

17,281

10

994

16,287

33.8

Montana

1,062,305

5,106

3

201

4 905

63.9

Nebraska

1,929,268

13,899

5

201

13 698

88.1

Nevada

3,034,392

1,218

6

141

1,077

10.1

New Hampshire

1,356,458

7,347

4

430

6 917

66.2

New Jersey

8,908,520

9,042

14

121

8 921

11.8

New Mexico

2,095,428

2,201

5

220

1 981

14.5

New York

19,542,209

25,932

29

950

24 982

14.4

North Carolina

10,383,620

5,820

15

593

5 227

8.8

North Dakota

760,077

15,482

3

205

15 277

242.3

Ohio

11,689,442

19,366

18

231

19 135

17.9

Oklahoma

3,943,079

8,989

7

362

8 627

28.6

Oregon

4,190,713

7,833

7

290

7 543

27.6

Pennsylvania

12,807,060

30,476

20

1 200

29 276

25.7

Rhode Island

1,057,315

1,138

4

155

983

11.3

South Carolina

5,084,127

3,943

9

195

3 748

11.3

South Dakota

882,235

9,684

3

155

9 529

139.1

Tennessee

6,770,010

6,950

11

321

6 629

14.3

Texas

28,701,845

27,628

38

815

26 813

16.3

Utah

3,161,105

2,711

6

200

2 511

15.7

Vermont

626,299

8,534

3

186

8 348

151.6

Virginia

8,517,685

3,104

13

143

2 961

5

Washington

7,535,591

7,724

12

537

7 187

15.9

West Virginia

1,805,832

2,772

5

205

2 567

15.5

Wisconsin

5,813,568

17,829

10

450

17,379

36.5

Wyoming

577,737

2,742

3

121

2,621

60.4


President

In November 2023, Biden and Trump will essentially fight for 46 seats in the Presidential Electoral College. Ninety-nine of them are in Pennsylvania, 11 in Arizona, 10 in Wisconsin, and 6 in Nevada.

Based on current poll analysis, Republicans have 251 electoral college votes, while Democrats have 24. The situation may change.

 

Senate

Of the 33 Senate races, the Democrats are defending 20, the Republicans 11, and Independents 2, Ohio and Montana's races are toss-ups

 

House

Of the 435 House seats, 30 Republicans and 40 Democrats are in contest. Democrats and Republicans are locked in 18 toss-ups.

 

Governor

Of the eleven states having a gubernatorial election, two have toss-ups. They are Ohio and New Hampshire.

State Legislatures

12 state chambers are competitive—either Lean Republican, Toss-up, or Lean Democratic.  .

— The GOP currently holds 7 of the competitive chambers, while the Democrats hold 4 of the competitive chambers. One other chamber, the Alaska Senate, is controlled by a cross-partisan alliance.

Seven of the competitive chambers are rated Toss-up. This category includes the Alaska Senate, three Republican-held chambers (the Arizona Senate, the Arizona House, and the New Hampshire House), and three Democratic-held chambers (the Michigan House, the Minnesota House, and the Pennsylvania House).

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Talat Khan
Talat Khan
6月26日

Very Informative. Thank you.

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