Local church holds rally to push voters to the polls

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As Franklin County reaches record early voting numbers over the weekend, local faith groups held rallies in Columbus to promote the vote. The Board of Elections released numbers through Saturday, showing 74,951 early voters cast their ballot.

On Saturday and Sunday local faith leaders held rallies to push voters to the polls.

Inside Triedstone Baptist Church, the choir sang welcoming hundreds of voters into the sanctuary. Faith leaders said Sunday night an evening rally would offer praise and encouragement to vote.

"We cannot sit and be idle," Patricia Ross said.

Triedstone Baptist Church Elder Larry Price and joined more Columbus faith leaders to make sure the community knows how important it is to vote in the upcoming election.

"This election as all elections, are important but this one's, kind of important. We got a lot at stake here," Price said.

At the rally to get out to vote at the church, people packed the pews and listened as pastors urged them to exercise their privilege.

"I felt really obligated to be here personally, because my family's big in politics," Frederick Yates said.

"We're entitled and benefited by a long fought for right and we need to take advantage of that," Ross said.

Almost 75,000 people in Franklin County have voted early through Saturday. People waited an hour or more to get into the Board of Elections on Sunday to cast their ballot. Officials said they accepted voters who stood in line even after doors closed at 5 p.m.

Hoping to maintain the momentum with record breaking numbers, Elder Price says the push to the polls is as important as ever.

"We're saying to them, clearly go vote," Price said.