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Ohio Clergy And Lawyers Team Up For Election Day Voter Protection Effort

Rev. Jim Wallis
Sojourners
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Rev. Jim Wallis is helping to lead the Lawyers and Collars effort that helps resolve election day issues with individuals casting ballots.

Ohio is one of nine states that is part of an initiative between lawyers and clergy members to help voters cast their ballots on Election Day.

Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the online publication Sojourners, is one of the coordinators of Lawyers and Collars, an Election Day effort that will have clergy members working alongside lawyers to help deal with problems that might arise when Ohioans try to cast their ballots.

“I think the presence of clergy can be a protective, calming, clarifying and peace-making initiative because everybody should have access to voting," Wallis says.

Wallis says they’ll focus on areas where minorities, in particular, encounter circumstances that make it difficult to vote.

While similar programs have been conducted before, with the high turnout and potential problems that are possible, Wallis says this initiative will prove more important than ever. He compares this election to the one he witnessed in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was voted in as the first elected president in South Africa.