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New 'value voters' emerge for the midterm elections
October 26, 2018
We explore how Americans – both people of faith and those who identify as secular – are preparing to vote their values during the midterm elections. 
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Memphis interfaith coalitions align to combat low voter turnout October 26, 2018
As the nation gears up to head to the polls, we explore how people of faith in one community, Memphis, Tenn., are mobilizing ahead of the midterm elections. The city is facing serious issues - like having the highest rate of poverty and child poverty among the nation’s larger cities. And these pressing problems have catalyzed groups that haven’t coordinated well in the past to come together across racial, faith and political lines. Perhaps surprisingly, the coalition is being led by lay people, not religious leaders.  

MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope
Tracy Grant, Memphis resident
Rev. Earl Fisher, senior pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Memphis and a leader with Up the Vote 901

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How do religiously motivated get-out-the-vote efforts look across America? October 26, 2018
We’re exploring how voters take their faith with them into the voting booth – and how the right and the left are using the political concerns of voters, informed by religious beliefs, to mobilize supporters. Our panel of national reporters share how they've seen Americans prepare for the elections. 

Kelsey Dallas, national religion reporter at Deseret News 
Jerome Socolovsky, journalist and editor at NPR's Morning Edition 
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Secular groups work to build 'powerhouse constituency' of religiously unaffiliated voters October 26, 2018
One of the fastest-growing faith groups in the country - the "religiously unaffiliated" - have a historically low voter turnout rate. But with nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population identifying as members of this group, they could be a significant constituency. We learn about secular, humanist and atheist efforts to get out the vote among the religiously unaffiliated.

Sarah Levin, director of grassroots and community programs at the Secular Coalition for America
Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
Marcy Woodruff, social action team member at the Humanists of Minnesota
Ron Millar, political and PAC coordinator for the Center for Freethought Equality
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Evangelical women voting against trend could swing Texas' midterm Senate election October 26, 2018
Though there is no absolute profile of a faithful voter, evangelical Protestants do have a pretty standard record of voting consistently, and voting conservatively. But in Texas, a reliably red state, Democratic challenger and Congressman Beto O'Rourke is running against incumbent Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate seat. And he's receiving support from an unlikely group: evangelical women. The New York Times national correspondent Elizabeth Dias tells us many women are wanting to vote from a "pro-life, not just pro-birth" stance, and see O'Rourke's committment to immigrant families as part of that platform. 

Elizabeth Dias
, national correspondent on politics and religion for The New York Times. Read her article about evangelical women supporting Beto O'Rourke here