The Rev. Salvatore Sapienza stands in the doorway of the historic Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ in the village of Douglas, Mich., on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. As part of the Our Faith Our Vote 2020 initiative, volunteers at the church will drive voters with their completed mail-in ballots to the county clerk’s office to drop them off in person. The drivers and voters will be masked and separated in vehicles to minimize any COVID-19 risk. | Rod Sanford, for the Deseret News
Faith-based initiatives to get out the vote are rooted in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions and range from phone calls, handwritten letters, and online educational events to knocking on doors
In a normal election year, the Rev. Salvatore Sapienza would be running a voter registration drive in the fellowship hall behind the United Church of Christ congregation he leads.
But a pandemic means the “new normal.” So the Rev. Sapienza and church members have had to innovate in 2020.
Serving the small, rural population of Douglas, Michigan, the Rev. Sapienza’s congregation is made up mostly of retirees who are at risk of dying from COVID-19. His older congregants need to vote by mail …read more
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