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Pastors Urge Patience as Nation Awaits Election Results

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Control of Congress rests on accurate, fair counting of all ballots, group says

Pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition are urging patience as votes are counted in key races across the country following Tuesday's midterm elections. The group says election integrity is important and that every vote should be counted.

In a statement, a representative of the group extolled the virtues of "free and fair elections" and said the ballot counting process must be respected.

"Free and fair elections are the foundation of every healthy society," said Rev. Barbara Clark, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Knoxville. "For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all, no matter our race, gender, background, where we live, or how much money we make. I believe as a pastor and as a Christian that every one of us has sacred worth and that in a democracy we all deserve to have our voices heard. And that means that every single vote must be counted.

"Despite various barriers to voting, from long lines to incorrect ballots, gerrymandering, or voter intimidation, we as voters have overcome those barriers and by making our voices heard at the ballot box. Now election officials are doing their job by counting every vote.  By ensuring every vote is counted no matter how long this process takes, ignoring false claims, and rejecting any effort to overrule the will of the people, we can move forward together to ensure Tennessee, and indeed America, is a place where all of our rights are respected and our freedoms are protected. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer."

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