Washington: The US Council of Muslim Organizations' (USCMO) said Wednesday that it achieved its goal to register 1 million Muslims to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
"Reports from various cities across the US indicate that thousands of new Muslim voters have registered this year, surpassing any previous year in the history of the community," USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said during a press conference.
Jammal attributed the success of the campaign to the hard work of many Muslim organizations, activists and local Muslim community leaders and the grave concern about a sharp increase of Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims.
He added that the massive outpouring of support and participation in the campaign illustrates the seriousness of this election for the American Muslim community.
The head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) satirically thanked Republican candidate Donald Trump for "energizing" the Muslim community's civic engagement with his anti-Muslim comments. Approximately 500,000 Muslims registered to vote in the 2012 elections, according to CAIR.
A survey by the group taken about two weeks ago found 86 percent of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in the November 8 poll.
The survey also found 72 percent of American Muslim voters would vote for Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and just 4 percent indicated a preference for Trump.
Around 3 percent preferred the Green Party's hopeful Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson polled at 2 percent. Still, 12 percent of respondents were undecided, and 7 percent refused to respond.
The campaign to register 1 million Muslim voters began last December and as part of the effort, the organization placed booths at more than 2,500 mosques, 500 schools and in many community centers across the US to encourage Muslims to register.