Pennsylvania Churches Rally Members To Commit To Vote
Oct. 17, 2012
-- Philadelphia, PA
: From Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, the Poconos, Philadelphia, and everywhere in between, members of Pennsylvania’s oldest independent African American denomination will sign“Voter Commitment Cards” this Sunday, October 21, 2012, to ensure a high voter turnout among the membership in the upcoming election.
Under the leadership of Bishop McKinley Young
(Pittsburg/Erie Region) and Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram
Harrisburg Region), the pastors of more than 120 African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches will receive the cards this week along with a letter encouraging them to get registered voters in their congregation to fill them out. The completed “Voter Commitment Cards”
are to be returned to Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, where they will become a part of an existing database.
The “Voter Commitment Cards”
are non-partisan, and by signing them, registered voters are reaffirming their commitment to vote. In addition to getting members to commit to vote in the upcoming election on November 6, 2012, the cards also encouraging church members to sign up to become volunteer Poll Monitors on election day. The Poll Monitors will be on hand at polling places across the state to make sure the electorate properly understands the new rules concerning the Voter ID Law.
Founded by Bishop Richard Allen in the late 1700s, The African Methodist Episcopal Church has always been at the forefront of promoting voting rights. In fact, every year AME pastors are required to report the number of registered voters in their congregations.
For more information about the AME Church’s push for voter commitments in Pennsylvania contact Mother Bethel AME Church at (215) 925-0616 or go tohttp://www.MotherBethel.org
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