As Muslim participants arrived in Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, they gathered on the sidelines along with Philadelphia's Muslim American Host Committee and community leaders to discuss American Muslims' participation in the election and political process.

The delegates and community leaders strongly urged their fellow Muslims to actively participate in the country's political life.

Muslims in America make up only 1 percent of the national vote, but community leaders believe that the Muslim vote is crucial in many communities where the Muslim population is higher than 1 percent, such as Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota and California.

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