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BY KATHRYN BERG

October 13, 2020


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An inspirational response on the first day of early voting in Georgia
From The New York Times: Enormous enthusiasm coupled with technical glitches, especially bad at polling sites in Atlanta, resulted in massive lines and day-long waits on Georgia’s first day of early voting.
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” - Romans 12:11-12
Georgia’s voting lines, reflecting both voter commitment and voter suppression, reminded me of the beginning of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The incredible news is that enthusiasm for this election is so high that a record number of voters showed up today for Georgia’s first day of early voting, up 41% from the first day of 2016. The terrible news is that some voters in Atlanta had to wait in line for more than eight hours. Although the long lines were partly a result of the large turnout, they were also caused by technical glitches and insufficient polling sites, a problem particularly severe in the Atlanta metro area and a manifestation of the voter suppression that has long plagued the state.
 
Still, voters were not deterred. Most stayed the course, determined to vote no matter what. As one voter put it, “My parents were jailed in college during the 1960s for exercising their rights to vote. This is in my blood to make sure I honor and continue their fight for voices to be heard.”  As another voter said, “I think people are just really ready to vote, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes - we will stand in line to vote...We’re voting like our lives depend on it.”
 
In truth, Georgia’s steadfast voters today embodied the message of Romans 12: “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame... Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” With twenty-one days to go, let these Georgia voters be an inspiration. With renewed vigor, let us all double our efforts until the election.
Whatever you are doing, do more. If you are calling voters, call more. If you are writing letters, write more. Take a pizza to poll workers or volunteer to be a poll worker yourself. From now until Election Day, do what you can, when you can, however you can, as often as you can. Together, we can do this.
God, we are grateful that there is light ahead. Protect us as we vote, and bless us with persistence, resilience and the determination to stay the course no matter what. Amen.
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