Souls to the Polls

As we gear up for the 2018 midterm elections, Nashville is at a pivotal moment for shaping the city’s future for decades to come. With an open governor’s seat, an open U.S. Senate seat, three open Congressional seats, more than half of the state legislature up for grabs, a transit referendum on the ballot, and now an open seat for Nashville mayor, the votes cast on May 1, August 2, and November 6 will have historical implications on the direction of our city and our state.

We must do our part as engaged citizens, and vote in every election—from the governor down to the school board and local judges.

For such a time as now, the stakes are too high to allow the decisions of a few registered voters to determine the livelihoods for all Nashville residents. We simply cannot afford to sit this one out.

We’re excited to share our 2018 Civic Engagement plan to help register voters, inform and educate them, and make sure they go vote. Want to help? We need volunteers, sponsorships, in-kind donations, and community partnerships! Read on for to view upcoming events and ways to engage.

Our 2018 Civic Engagement Plan

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The Equity Alliance is partnering with the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) to conduct voter registration drives at African-American churches in Nashville. Our goal is to have 100% of eligible church membership registered to vote.

March 18

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

7:00 AM / 8:15 AM / 9:30 AM / 11:15 AM

March 18

Candidate Forum

Lee Chapel AME Church

3:00-5:00 PM

March 22

Career Day

Glencliff High School

7:45 AM -1:00 PM

March 24

March For Our Lives Rally

1 Public Square Park, Downtown

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

March 24

Mainstay Restaurant

501 Main Street

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

March 25

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

March 25

Cathedral of Praise Church

7:00 AM / 8:00 AM / 10:30 AM

March 27

NOAH Candidate Forum

Lee Chapel AME Church

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

March 30

Good Friday Service

Mount Gilead Baptist Church


March 30

Get Out The Vote Party

Hutton Hotel, Analog Lounge, 1808 West End

7:00PM – Midnight (1-2 hour shifts)

March 31

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Saturday Service

Jefferson Street location

5:00 – 7:00 PM

March 31

BriteHart Social Impact Fair

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

April 1

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Easter Sunday

Antioch & Old Hickory Blvd locations

7:00 AM / 8:15 AM / 9:30 AM / 11:15 AM

Sign up to volunteer

For more information, contact us.

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The Equity Alliance will host various activities to encourage people to head to the polls and vote, including rallies, phone banking, and rides to the polls.
“Voting is LIT” Community Block Party
Saturday, April 21
Noon – 4 pm
Hartman Park Community Center
near Bordeaux Library Precinct
with Shuttles to the Poll, Food, Entertainment, Music,
Step Show & Stroll Off, and Kid’s Corner


Presented by:

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In partnership with:


For the May 1, August 2, and November 6 elections, The Equity Alliance—in partnership with The Tennessee Tribune and DENOR Brands and Public Relations—will publish the 2018 Nashville Voter Guide, a comprehensive, nonpartisan digital platform and print publication to inform voters of upcoming elections. The guide will include unbiased candidate profiles, roles of each elected office, polling locations and hours, voter ID requirements and much more. The guide, which will be available for download at, will be a free public resource for Nashville voters to make an informed decision in the voting booth on Election Day.

The 2018 Nashville Voter Guide will be distributed in the March 29 print edition of The Tennessee Tribune, reaching more than 100,000 readers and subscribers. Additionally, the guide, as part of Souls to the Polls, will be distributed to several predominantly African-American churches, businesses, and community organizations to reach thousands more eligible voters.

Want to become a Distribution Sponsor? Email us.
Release Date: Thursday, March 29