The following "blurbs" can easily be inserted as
text boxes in newsletters, in mailings, or on websites. They focus on imparting
simple ideas that will motivate your members and call them to action regarding
There is still time for your Church to organize a voter
registration drive in preparation for the November elections. It is not hard to
do. The process simply involves having voter registration forms available at a
table in the back of Church, and encouraging people to fill them out right
there. It is perfectly legal for Churches to conduct non-partisan voter
It is also perfectly in line with the Gospel. After all, Jesus commands us not
only to believe his teachings, but to help all people carry them out -- and one
of the ways we do that is to shape our laws by electing our leaders.
Churchgoers, who hear God's word regularly, can have a strong influence in
shaping society according to that Word -- especially if they exercise their duty
Many states allow early voting. This means that even if you
do not have a reason why you cannot get to the polls on Election Day, you may
vote before Election Day. The regulations and dates that apply to each state for
early voting can be found on the website,
Why is it a good idea to vote before Election Day? Because we should not put off
until tomorrow what we can do today. Every vote really does count, and when we
wait until the last possible day to vote, we leave ourselves open to the chance
that something will stand in our way -- we may become ill, or have car trouble,
or encounter a family problem, or bad weather, or just forget. Don’t let that
happen! This year, vote early!
One of the activities citizens can carry out at election time
is to become poll-watchers. This activity simply involves being present at the
polling places on Election Day to insure that elections are conducted fairly, by
watching the process by which people sign in at the polls. This activity is a
form of public service that involves some simple training and yet goes a long
way to protect your rights and those of your fellow citizens as they exercise
their duty to vote. Contact your Board of Elections for more details on how you
can sign up for this activity. As historical experience verifies over and over
again, every vote counts. You can help assure that every vote counts fairly.
Many people are not able to get out of the house very easily,
or know someone else who is homebound. With Election Day coming up, please be
sure to apply as soon as possible for an absentee ballot. The process is easy,
and your local Board of Elections will be happy to assist you with every aspect
of it. The laws of this great country provide that even when our physical
capacities are limited, our voices can be heard just the same in electing our
leaders. If you have relatives and friends who are homebound, making sure that
they send in their absentee ballot is a great way of reminding them that they
are active citizens nevertheless, and that their involvement is needed. Please
request your absentee ballot today!
The Internet provides one of the easiest and least expensive
ways of spreading God's word. Each of us can reach thousands of others by
joining Internet discussion groups, and from the comfort of our own home, take a
stand on key issues of the day. Many pro-life citizens are letting their voices
be heard in these discussion rooms. In this election year, we are asking people
to join this effort and alert their fellow citizens of the need to elect people
who will protect human life. You can find guidance on where to go on the
Internet, what to say, and how to say it by visiting
The Letters to the Editor of each newspaper is an open door
for us to bear witness to the dignity of life, especially in an election year,
when we can counteract the false rhetoric of candidates who are pro-abortion.
Pro-life citizens should give voice to their convictions through letters to the
editor, not only by writing such letters but by helping others to express their
views by writing additional letters for them. Small groups in which a few people
write many different letters for others to send in are very effective. Find
sample letters and more information at
Often, pastors and other leaders are not sure what they can
do legally when an election season approaches. Now, guidance from some of the
nation's top experts is available. A symposium called "The Church and Politics:
Are We as Restricted as We Think?" was held in 2003 at the Ave Maria School of
Law, and the proceedings of that symposium are available without charge. You may
read or listen to them at
to spread this information and encourage our Churches and organizations to start
doing the kinds of things they once thought they were not allowed to do!
As Election Day draws near, more and more people want to know
where the candidates stand on the issues. Often, people do not take a lot of
time to think about it. Perhaps they will only take the time to read a small
flier that someone places in their hands. That’s why many groups organize "lit
drops," that is, efforts by which they distribute fliers through the
neighborhood to inform citizens about the candidates who are running. Volunteers
are always needed for this activity! To find out how to help with local efforts,
or call Priests for Life at 321-500-1000,
While political campaigns spend millions of dollars to get
their candidates elected, it remains true that there is one tool more powerful
than all the money, media, and technology at their disposal. That tool is
personal contact. By making a phone call or paying a visit to someone in order
to urge that person to vote, and to give that person information on the best
candidates, you are exercising the single most effective method anyone has.
People will often make their voting decisions based on who has taken the time to
speak to them and ask for their help. This election season, take out your
address list, and start planning the phone calls and visits that you will make!
You have only one vote, but you can influence countless votes!
Elections involve years of preparation, but they are
ultimately decided by who shows up on Election Day. People are also influenced
by the most recent things they hear about the issues or candidates.
Why not take Election Day off from your normal job, and spend it calling and
visiting people you know, to make sure they are letting their voice be heard at
the ballot box! Call your friends and ask if they have voted yet, and if not,
when they intend to do so. Then call them back later to see if in fact they
voted. If they need help getting to the polls, help them!
Many elections are decided by a very small margin of votes. By taking Election
Day off and using it to mobilize voters, you can create the margin of victory!
One of the best services you can provide for your fellow
citizens is to help them get to the polls on Election Day. Now is the time to
begin planning car pools, babysitting services, and other activities that will
assist people to get to the polling places!
Only half of our nation's Christians are registered to vote.
Please consider holding a voter registration drive at your Church to help your
fellow Christians fulfill their civic responsibility. For more information,
contact Gospel of Life Ministries at Tel. 321-500-1000, Toll Free 888-735-3448 x. 260.
In 2000, the Presidential election was decided by just 537
votes, and many races this year could be even closer. This makes it all the more
important that every Christian comes out to vote. To do your part in making sure
that this happens, please hold a voter registration drive in your Church.
One of the most effective ways to influence this year's
election is by writing a letter to the editor. Consider writing a letter to the
editor of one of your local papers about the candidates involved in this year's
election. Visit www.gospeloflife.com/letters for tips, talking points, and
Even if you have very little time and no money, there is
still an excellent way for you to influence this year's election. Take a few
minutes to write a letter to the editor of your local paper about one or both of
the candidates involved. For more information, visit
Are you looking for a way to get involved in this year's
critical elections? If so, visit www.gospeloflife.com/elections
where you can
find information about election-related projects, materials for distribution,
and candidates' positions. This site will provide you with the resources you
need to have an impact on the November elections.
Do you feel like you don't know enough about the issues to
participate in the November elections? Then visit
where you can find information about Biblical teachings on civic responsibility,
candidates' positions, and ways to get involved. Use these resources to help you
fulfill your obligation to practice faithful citizenship.
Christians have a special responsibility to vote because of
our obligation to look after those who cannot take care of themselves. On
Election Day, make sure to use your vote to protect those who may never have the
opportunity to protect themselves.
On Election Day, our community will make important decisions
about whether our country will be one of morality or one of utility. The forces
of utility will certainly be powerful, so it is extremely important that you
bring your Christian convictions to the polls. Choose to participate, and build
the Culture of Life!