QUESTION: Why aren’t there any polling stations at New York City mosques? The same reason they tried, but failed to place a polling station inside a mosque in Boca Raton, Florida, last year.
Village Voice In June of 2016, some residents in the Florida coastal city were sent notices assigning the mosque as their designated polling place for the state’s August primary as well as November’s presidential election.
Soon after, a Palm Beach County official began receiving emailed complaints from voters about the selection of the mosque as a polling site. One even hinted at a bomb threat to force an evacuation on Election Day. The county promptly removed the place of worship from the list, reassigning the location to a library nearby.
There have been no similar complaints lodged with the Board of Elections here in New York City. That’s because, according to the most recent list of NYC polling places, there is not a single mosque, Muslim school, or Islamic cultural center being used as a polling site in any of the five boroughs next month. Meanwhile, the Voice counts at least 96 churches, parochial schools, synagogues, and Christian or Jewish community centers in use, out of 1,204 total stations. But no mosques. (Thank God)
We are especially offended when Muslims desecrate the American flag like this…
When public space is unavailable, the city often turns to churches to pick up the slack. The main criteria for a polling place are that it be fully accessible to the handicapped and that it have ample space for voting equipment and workers. Some mosques would certainly meet that standard.
…And encourage other Muslims who are eligible NOT to vote:
The addition of Islamic centers of worship to the mix of churches and synagogues — in any of the neighborhoods home to large swaths of the city’s Muslim population, such as Jackson Heights, in Queens, or Parkchester, in the Bronx — would mark a symbolically important moment in New York’s acceptance of Muslims (who want to kill them) said Albert Cahn, director of strategic litigation at the New York chapter of designated terrorist group CAIR.
New Yorkers are even more offended when Muslims lift their asses to allah in our streets right smack in the middle of mid-town Manhattan as they are here:
The absence of mosques as voting stations is a matter of neglect that goes back at least three presidential cycles: A search of the polling lists from the 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential elections turned up no results for location names containing the words “Muslim,” “masjid,” “Islam,” or “Islamic” – surely the result of 9/11.
In that regard, New York City is not unique. A review of polling lists posted on government websites in Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and even Dearborn, Michigan (sometimes thought of as the Arab capital of the United States), revealed no mosques or Muslim schools — but dozens of churches — listed as polling stations.
The venom that has become characteristic not just of the current election, but over recent years, could suggest that the response in Florida is not dissimilar to what you might see elsewhere.
WITH GOOD REASON, New Yorkers have in the past reacted negatively when it comes to integrating Islam and mosques into the fabric of local culture (That’s because they do not want to be integrated into Judeo-Christian society).
Following the 9-11 attacks, a Muslim architect-and-developer duo proposed the highly contested Park51, an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan that critics dubbed the “Ground Zero Mosque.” After years of pushback by angry New Yorkers, the Muslims gave up on the mosque.
And over the summer, a spate of violence against Muslim New Yorkers pushed Muslim-pandering Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a citywide anti-Islamophobia campaign, the first of its kind (which everyone in NYC totally ignores).