U.S. tensions are high. Chaplains at the polls tried to keep peace.

Posted on AllSides November 9th, 2022
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The Revs. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Jim Wallis, co-coordinators of Faiths United to Save Democracy, engage in a video conference with poll chaplains working to keep the peace on Election Day. (Fredrick Kunkle/The Washington Post)

As tensions mounted on Election Day, often over who would be allowed to monitor the vote during one of the more hotly contested and consequential midterms in years, at least one group went to the polls hoping to keep the peace: chaplains.

Like their counterparts in the military, these trained volunteers — whether ordained clergy or lay people driven by religious faith — were on hand to offer spiritual guidance, calm and bipartisan assistance to voters at precincts in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and six other battleground states. If need be, the...

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