Are You Ready for Election Day?

October 11, 2006

Voting is a civic sacrament. -- Father Theodore Hesburgh

Voting is a critical part of our call to “strive for justice and peace” in The Episcopal Church. As Election Day approaches, we wanted to provide you with resources to help you make the most of your opportunity to vote.

Are you ready for Election Day?
Not sure if you are registered to vote? Wondering where your polling place is? Need to find out if your state has early voting or absentee ballots available? The National Association of Secretaries of State has put together a web site that can help answer all of these questions and more in just 7 easy steps: https://www.nass.org/can-i-vote

Ballot Initiatives – Affecting Your State
On Election Day voters in 37 states will be voting on more than 200 initiatives, referenda, and legislative measures that will directly affect your local communities. The topics range from taxes to stem cell research to conservation and the minimum wage. As you make decisions on these measures, we hope you’ll also consider the public policy positions of The Episcopal Church. These positions are based on resolutions that have been passed by our General Convention, or by the Executive Council when the Convention is not in session. We have compiled a list of your states initiatives and the Church’s resolutions for your reference. CLICK HERE to view a list of states with ballot initiatives and their corresponding Church resolutions.

ONE Issue. ONE Vote.
Extreme poverty impacts almost every aspect of our nation's foreign policy and contradicts our core values. ONE Episcopalian ™ is a grassroots partnership between The Episcopal Church and the ONE Campaign to rally Episcopalians – ONE by ONE – to the cause of ending extreme poverty in our world and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).This November is the first time that we, as ONE Episcopalians, will cast ballots and add our voices to the electoral process. To win the fight against extreme poverty, we must make it a national priority. Sign the ONE Voter pledge — a pledge to educate yourself, your community, and to vote on Election Day.

Making Sure Every Vote Counts
Volunteers needed for Election Protection 2006! The National Committee for Fair Elections needs your help to assist voters around the country on and before Election Day. Attorneys, law students, and paralegals are needed to help staff the national hotline before Election Day in Washington, DC and on Election Day in Washington, DC, New York City, San Francisco, CA and at local call centers throughout the country. Volunteers with legal training are also needed in targeted locations to serve in various roles on Election Day. Don't have a legal background? You can still sign up to volunteer. We need many volunteers to make Election Protection a success. For more information or to volunteer, visit: http://www.nationalcampaignforfairelections.org