Voting is a Civic Sacrament

July 10, 2008

Resolved, That the Church recognizes that a faithful commitment to voting is an extension of our baptismal covenant to "strive for justice and peace and the dignity of every human being" and asks all Episcopalians to actively engage in advocating for voter rights, encouraging voter registration, getting out the vote, and volunteering to assist voters at the polls. (Executive Council 02/2004)

That 2004 Executive Council resolution affirms that voting is a critical part of our Episcopal call to "strive for justice and peace among all people." As Election Day approaches, we want to provide you with resources to help you make the most of your opportunity to vote and helping others to do so.

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

Learn More About the Candidates

A key part of casting an informed ballot is educating ourselves about the candidates. One great source of information is Project Vote Smart which compiles information on candidates including biographical info, voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, campaign finances. Visit them here: http://votesmart.org/

Making Sure Every Vote Counts

Volunteers needed for Election Protection 2008! 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 to help us staff hotlines across the country and work on the ground as mobile legal volunteers. 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

Episcopal Delegates to Democratic and Republican National Conventions!

We have had several questions from delegates to the National Conventions this summer about special services and other events that may be going on in Denver and Minneapolis. If you are a delegate to one of the Conventions, please click here to let us know so that we can share information about services in the area and other ecumenical activities.

Worried About The IRS?

The Interfaith Alliance has an excellent resource available on line to guide you through how houses of worship can be involved in elections without jeopardizing their tax status.