Black Churches Join Forces in Georgia Voter-Registration Drive

A Georgia social justice organization has launched a 75-county voter registration campaign and an initiative encouraging minority voters to vote by mail using absentee ballots in the upcoming November 6 election.

Organizers hope to register 20,000 people to vote during the registration drive and plan to promote the use of absentee ballots in African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia.

The New Georgia Project, a non-partisan Georgia-based partner of Faith in Action, launched the campaign on September 25, the annual holiday recognized as National Voter Registration Day. Called the “Vote By Mail” campaign, the initiative is co-sponsored by Justice Clergy 100 and by the three largest AME churches in Georgia.

“This is the first time that the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal bodies in Georgia [African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion] have united to encourage their congregants to ‘Vote by Mail,’” New Georgia Project Executive Director Nse Ufot said in a statement.

The New Georgia Project was founded by Stacey Abrams, the current Democratic candidate for governor, in 2013 while she was serving as the Democrats’ minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Since its founding, the organization has registered more than 250,000 Georgians to vote.

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Source: Courthouse News