Philly Black Clergy group urges voters to the polls

By: - November 2, 2021 11:02 am

By Chanel Hill

PHILADELPHIA — On the eve of Election Day, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity announced the candidates it’s supporting in Tuesday’s general election. The group also urged residents to get out and vote.

“One final push, we believe, can also make a difference in getting people to do their civic duty on election day,” Wayne Weathers, the chairperson of the clergy group’s political action committee said Monday. “We’re urging everyone who registered to vote to go to the polls and vote Tuesday.”

Collier also encouraged all registered voters who did not vote by mail to vote at the polls.

“If you already registered to vote, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from getting to the polls tomorrow,” Collier said. “The actual process of in-person voting has run pretty smoothly in our city in the last two elections, even in spite of the pandemic.

“The three Philadelphia city commissioners that we have, have worked diligently to make sure that all the polling places in our city are clean, that there’s plenty of hand sanitizer available at the polling places, and face masks are required,” he said.

“If voters happen to incur any lines at some polling places, social distancing is still being advised. Bottom line, people need to come out and vote and exercise your rights as an American citizen,” he added. “No excuses. No complaints. Come out and vote.”

If you still have your mail-in ballot, it’s too late to mail it. The postmark doesn’t count. You have to personally deliver it to the County Board of Elections office, a satellite office, or drop box no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Polls open at 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re in line by 8 p.m., you can vote.

To report any election concerns (such as intimidation, interference, illegal voting, or unlawful electioneering), please contact the District Attorney’s Election Task Force at 215-686-9641.

Chanel Hill is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared

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