Savannah’s Rev. Father Guillermo Arboleda joined three other faith leaders from across Georgia in a public call to encourage early voting in the Peach State’s Jan. 5, 2021 U.S. Senate runoff election during a Dec. 14 press conference.
Arboleda, the Priest-in-Charge of Savannah’s St. Matthews Episcopal Church, was speaking in support of early voting on behalf of Faith in Public Life, a national network of some 50,000 clergy members and faith leaders, in partnership with Stacey Abrams’ Fair Count organization.
“We people of faith need to realize that God is with us when we go to vote,” said Arboleda.
The Monday press conference came on the heels of a FAITH Weekend of Action providing faith-centered messages and volunteer events to encourage participation in Georgia’s runoff election.
Minister Shavonne Williams, the organizing ambassador of Faith in Public Life, reminded people to vote safely amid the ongoing pandemic.
Reverend Joshua Nelson of Emmanuel SDA Church in Augusta said “we’re exhausted but still pushing” after recalling challenges that Americans have faced during this voting season. He also mentioned how discouraging it is when people show up to vote but leave the lines due to improper planning for voter comfort, like rain shelters.
All leaders extended their enthusiasm for voter participation surrounding the upcoming election.
“I’m just really excited. We want to make sure that every voice is heard,” said Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, vice president of Fair Count.