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Monday, November 7, 2022   

Progressive faith leaders across the state say they're encouraging congregations to educate themselves on candidates and issues.

They are sharing an online Faithful Voter Reflection Guide, which offers a moral perspective for voters who plan to cast their ballot in Tuesday's election.

Rev. Marcus Fairley, program coordinator for the North Carolina Black Alliance, said there has been an uptick in volunteerism, phone banking and excitement about the midterm election among the state's Black congregations.

"We have eight hubs across the state of North Carolina, and we're bringing voice to communities of color to ensure that we're engaged in the political process," Fairley explained.

The National Election Protection Hotline number is 866-OUR VOTE. Go to Vote411.org for nonpartisan information on candidates and polling locations. Polls are open in North Carolina from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot.

Susannah Tuttle, director of the eco-justice connection for the North Carolina Council of Churches, said the release of the guide comes amid threats to democracy and voter suppression. She believes now is the time for voters to examine how their spiritual and religious beliefs should be serving the greater good.

"We know that if we want a country that reflects our highest values, we have to participate thoughtfully in elections," Tuttle contended.

According to the State Board of Elections, more than 135,000 residents cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.


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