Faith Visions Voting
COLUMBIA - Organizations, like Faith Voices, are encouraging all eligible voters to participate in Tuesday’s election.
Faith Voices focuses on reaching eligible voters who did not vote in the last election. Their goal is to give a voice to those who are marginalized and to be a catalyst for change in Missouri.
“We’re a multi-faith, multi-racial, multi-everything organization and we just feel like this is right for the people and the families of Missouri to get that message out and to let people know that they’re vote does count,” volunteer Iman Eldeib said.
Eldeib said she participated in the phone banks for this election and has gotten amazing feedback from potential voters. She said she has even talked to people who have shown interest in joining the organization.
The group has been reaching out to eligible voters since September by phone banking and canvassing. Volunteers have spent their nights making calls to eligible voters in hopes of expressing to the community how important each person's vote is.
Another volunteer, Tremaine Ledbetter, said he enjoys canvassing because it gives him the opportunity to have conversations with people who may or may not agree with his views.
“Canvassing opens up the opportunity for me to talk to people about the issues that they may or may not know about and also for people to share their opinions and questions with me,” Ledbetter said.
Faith Voices is non-partisan and does not tell voters what candidate to vote for. They do however try to educate as much as they can. They focus on letting voters know where their nearest polling location is and may provide transportation to those locations if needed.
“Our constitution starts out with ‘We the people' it doesn’t say ‘They the people’ so we the people need to reclaim our power and show up and try to make a difference in our country’s future,” Eldeib said.
Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Check the Boone County website to find different polling locations.