African-American turnout is key to US election result

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African-American turnout is key to US election result

Campaigners say though there’s work to be done, black voters are more likely to visit voting stations than use mail

Lauren Fedor in Washington

In many parts of the American South, Sundays in October are synonymous with four words: souls to the polls.

In African-American churches in particular, there is a long history of congregants attending services, listening to sermons espousing civic engagement and then driving — or, in some cases, being driven by the busload — to polling stations to cast their ballots.

This year few churches are gathering in-person because of concerns about Covid-19. But civic organisations and Democratic groups, especially in key swing US states such as North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, say the pandemic has not deterred them from partnering with pastors and other community leaders to do everything they can to register African-Americans and get them to vote...

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