MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The National Civil Rights Museum re-opens Wednesday for the first time since the pandemic hit.
Tuesday evening, members hosted a panel that discussed voter turnout in a pandemic and how the Black Lives Matter Movement will impact it.
They discussed topics like voter engagement issues, how church leaders can influence votes, and other discussions that focused on the upcoming election.
“We have had a voter education problem, a voter engagement problem, a voter improvement problem and voter turnout problem,” said community activist Reverent Earle Fisher.
Panelists like Fisher joined an open conversation about how voting will look this November.
The discussion was hosted online by the National Civil Rights Museum and Keepers of 306.
Fisher said he is glad that all Tennesseans can vote by mail in the middle of this pandemic.
Senator Raumesh Akbari discussed how it was difficult to make this happen at first.
“There is fear mongering and false truths out there that will cause rampant voter fraud or that you will be people stealing ballots and mailing them and purchasing them,” Akbari said.
Another discussion was about how different churches can influence votes for better or for worse.
“Get informed on history get engaged organize our congregations for political empowerment,” said Fisher. “Do not get out in front if you have not been trained.”
Overall, the main push was for people to vote, whether it’s safely in person or by absentee voting.
“Jump in with both feet whether you are running for office, supporting a candidate or voting,” Akbari said. “That’s the only way you can make changes you want to see.”
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