With just 12 days until the end of North Carolina’s voter registration period on Oct. 12th, local and state political and faith-based groups are branching out to churches to get out the vote.
Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values reports about a specific pews-to-the-polls push through the N.C. Values Coalition.
They’re calling it the Pledge to Vote Campaign. The Raleigh-based conservative N.C. Values Coalition – which pushed to pass this state’s marriage amendment - is offering voter registration tool kits to churches statewide and a written pledge on its web site that says:
“On August 1, I ate at Chick-fil-A. On Nov. 6, I will vote.”
The reference to the fast-food chain is linked to a nationwide defense of Chick-fil-A’s CEO after he made statements in support of traditional marriage.
Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, says the organization promotes marriage between a man and woman, religious liberty and the rights of the unborn.
"This is an effort to mobilize all of the evangelical Christians and Catholics across the state of North Carolina by helping them get registered to vote and equipping them with information on candidates’ positions on issues that impact the family and making sure they do actually go to the polls and vote on Nov. 6."
Both the Republican and Democratic parties in New Hanover County also have volunteers and coalitions reaching out to churches for voter registration drives.