Georgia Muslim Voter Project
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023
Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP) is a grassroots organization that builds power for Muslims in Georgia by amplifying their voices through nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, voter engagement, and advocacy. GAMVP aims to build civic participation, not just in Southern Muslim communities, but in all communities under attack in the South, in order for us all to live and thrive with dignity.
Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP) was founded in 2016 in response to the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric prevalent in mainstream politics and low rates of civic engagement among Muslims in Georgia. These rates have historically led to the diminished representation of Muslim voices in the political process. As one of the only organizations explicitly dedicated to engaging Muslim voters in Georgia, GAMVP seeks to empower community members by emphasizing the link between civic engagement and community improvement. Since its founding, GAMVP has registered more than 4,000 voters, engaged more than 100,000 people, and worked with 50 mosques to promote voter turnout statewide. GAMVP also worked with coalition partners to turn out historic participation among communities of color during the 2020 general and 2021 state runoff elections.
GAMVP’s outreach efforts include nonpartisan voter information campaigns, civic education trainings, and candidate forums in districts where Muslim voters live that, when possible, are translated into the languages they speak. GAMVP registers new voters year-round at masjids, local Muslim-owned restaurants and businesses, schools, and events where community members gather. A regular presence at cultural festivals, religious celebrations, and other community events allows GAMVP to inform and exchange ideas with community members in familiar and comfortable spaces. GAMVP also monitors statewide efforts meant to build barriers to the ballot box and educates the community on these efforts to ensure every vote gets counted.
Year founded: 2015
Location: Norcross, GA