Waves of religious groups are mustering passionate get-out-the-vote efforts in the final hours before the heated midterm elections, with clergy pushing the faithful to the polls in ways that stand to aid both Republicans and Democrats.
Convincing religious voters to cast ballots on Election Day on Tuesday (Nov. 6) is hardly a new phenomenon in American politics. But this year’s atypically heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to galvanize supporters and move the political needle in favor of their respective values, if not their preferred candidates.
[...] On Monday evening in Atlanta, high-profile faith leaders are scheduled to gather for a get-out-the-vote prayer rally at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.
Speakers and guests will include U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. William Barber II, a nationally known progressive faith activist who earlier this year co-led a revival of King’s Poor People’s Campaign. The Rev. Jim Wallis, head of social justice Christian advocacy group Sojourners, and the Rev. Traci Blackmon, pastor of a church in Ferguson, Mo., and a rising star within the religious left, will also attend.