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Prayer volunteers Carol Coonrod (left), Heather Hurlburt (middle) and Jessie Brewster (right) offer non-partisan prayer to voters and passersby outside the Reeves Center on 14th & U Street. Churches partnered with the Episcopal Diocese in Washington to send volunteers to vote centers across the District on Election Day. (Kimberly Cataudella / The Wash)

Prayer stations pop up at polls across the District

Non-partisan prayer stations are popping up at polling places across the District.

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is hosting non-partisan prayer stations across as many of the District’s 95 Election Day voting centers as possible. Three women gathered to offer prayer near the polling place at the Reeves Center on 14th & U Street.

“We’re promoting a feeling of calm and unity, especially since we don’t know what to expect tonight,” prayer volunteer Heather Hurlburt said.

The volunteers had to electronically sign agreements to refrain from partisan support during their prayer shifts, according to the Diocese’s website. Prayer will be offered in different chunks of time across the District, pending volunteers’ availabilities, prayer volunteer Jessie Brewster said.

Alongside the smaller prayer groups dispersed across the District, an all-day prayer vigil is occurring at the National Cathedral from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Kimberly Cataudella

Kimberly Cataudella (she/her) is covering Shaw and U Street for The Wash while completing her master's degree in investigative journalism at American University.

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