Ministry Groups & Black Churches Getting Out the Vote for Midterms in Nashville

Several black churches in Nashville are making it easier for their church members to vote this midterm election by providing rides to the polls.

The Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship announced Wednesday — the first day of early voting — that its members’ churches would be holding souls to the polls initiatives in order to get every registered voter in their congregations and surrounding communities into the voting booth.

The Rev. James Turner II, president of IMF, shared those plans during a news conference at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church. He spoke about how critical the Nov. 6 election is at all levels of government, including the need to support the controversial referendum to create a civilian oversight board of Nashville police.

“We are fighting not only to continue the right to vote, but we are fighting for an amendment,” Turner said. “We believe this midterm election is very important not only for Nashville, but for America.”

Turner pointed out the state’s dismal voter turnout numbers and hopes that with the help of other grassroots organizations that Tennesseans can do better this election. He said IMF members are committed to having 100 percent of their congregations show up to the polls.

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Source: Tennessean