By Michael Matza
Ez-Zohra Baidouri, 73, emigrated from Morocco in 1986, settled with her family in Northeast Philadelphia, and embraced U.S. citizenship 15 years ago.
On a recent afternoon, following prayers at Masjid Al Furqan mosque on Roosevelt Boulevard near Cottman Avenue, she purposefully signed a voter registration form – a first for her.
“Trump, not,” she said, making no secret of her motivation.
Zakir Ullah, 37, born in Pakistan and naturalized in 2007, stopped by the volunteers’ table outside the mosque to grab a form for his wife, 30-year-old Husna.
“I’m registered, she is not,” said Ullah, a taxi driver. “We have to pick the person who will be better for the country. I prefer Hillary.”
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call to halt Muslim immigration and his swipes at Arab countries as incubators of terrorism have offended some Arab American and Muslim American groups. They are pushing back with new-voter drives ahead of the registration deadlines – Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Oct. 18 in New Jersey – to be eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 election.
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