PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Congregations across the area are turning up the “Get Out The Vote” effort beginning Friday night.
Their goal is to get as many souls to the polls as possible.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Flash Flood Warnings Across Tri-State Area As Nor'easter Dumps 2 to 3 Inches On Region
“We believe voting is a spiritual issue,” says Reverend Gregory Holston.
He works with POWER- a coalition of 60 interfaith congregations representing about 50,000 people across Philadelphia.
Holston says they’re encouraging faith leaders to discuss voting on the pulpit and get members to phone bank, canvass and door-knock to mobilize voters:READ MORE: Crashes, Wet Roads Plaguing Philadelphia Area On Tuesday Commute
“We’re encouraging our congregations to use their vans and any other means they have to get people to the polls.”
Black churches are also empowering voters, hoping to defend against anticipated voter intimidation.
Reverend Allyn Waller — pastor of Enon Tabernacle Church — says they’ll have men stationed at the polls to ensure a smooth experience:
“We’re there to make sure that people stay in line and make sure people don’t have a problem getting to where they need to go. If it’s raining on Tuesday, we’ll have umbrellas to walk ladies from their car to the line.”MORE NEWS: 7-Year-Old Boy Killed In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run, Police Say
A strong turnout of Philadelphia’s Black vote is considered key to a Democratic win in Pennsylvania.