October is Voter Registration Month – Let Your Light Shine (And Help Others Too!)
As Christians, we are called to let our light shine in an increasingly dark culture. One of the easiest ways we can do that is to engage in every election, selecting Godly men and women to represent us at all levels of government. Godly leaders won’t be perfect, but they will be more likely to pass policies that will be good for everyone, people of faith and otherwise.
Far too many Christians fail to vote every year and many churches don’t have the time or resources to set up registration drives.
To make all that easier, we have designated October as Voter Registration Month and we are offering a set of FREE and convenient voter tools to help you and your church not only register voters but also make it easier to vote in the upcoming election!
We have created a One-Stop-Shop for all things related to voting in the November election.
- Find out whether you are registered/check your registration status
- Register to vote
- Apply for an advance ballot
- Learn how to vote early
- Find contact information for your local election officials
Click HERE to try it now.
Once you have checked on your own registration, we encourage you to take this resource to your church.
Please consider sharing it there and even holding a voter registration drive before your state registration deadline passes — and those are coming soon — some as soon as Sunday, October 9th. (You will need to check on your state’s registration deadline date, but you can use the map below to learn more about what week in October your state registration deadline occurs.)
Here’s what you need to know to get started:
1. 25 million Christians didn’t vote in the last presidential election – and an estimated 15 million aren’t even registered.
As Christians, we are called to be engaged in our communities for their good (Jeremiah 29:7) and to fulfill our civic obligations (Romans 13). Voting is a way we can live out both of those Biblical commands!
Sadly, millions of Christian Americans aren’t registered to vote – so it’s no wonder that atheists are the most politically active “religious” group in our country. How can you help change this trend? Help members of your church get registered by hosting a voter registration event between now and your state deadline!
To make it easy, we’ve designated October as Voter Registration Month. Check the map below because some registration deadlines might be as early as October 9th. (Below we indicate what week in October each state deadline occurs – be sure to find out the exact date your state cuts off voter registration.)
Even if users are registered, they can use our voter tools to explore convenient options for early voting or voting by mail (absentee and advance voting).
2. Hosting a voter registration event at your church is an easy, legal, and biblical way to ensure your church members are registered to vote in time for the election!
Voter registration events are simple when you use our short, downloadable guide.
As you consider how to ask your church leadership about hosting the registration, here are a few things you might share with them:
- Voting – and voter registration – are biblical! (see #1 above)
- Voter registration is legal! The IRS allows your church to host a non-partisan voter registration. More details in our downloadable guide.
- It can be as direct or passive as your leadership is comfortable with (though the more direct, the better the outcomes). Find tips our downloadable guide.
3. It’s easy.
This year, we’re offering multiple free and easy-to-use tools to set up your voter registration event.
First, if you need to register to vote, check your registration status, or request an absentee ballot, visit our one-stop-shop at https://familypolicyfoundation.com/vote. Share the link with friends, and of course church members at your voter registration event!
Next, to help make your voter registration event as smooth as possible, we’ve created a step-by-step guide complete with the “why” and the “how” from beginning to end.
You can even make use of our custom QR code to help people directly start the registration process right away! All the details are in our guide.
This election, it’s critical that Christians show up to the polls to elect leaders who will “seek the welfare of the city” (and the nation!). Will you help us make sure they are ready to do that?
Director of Audience Engagement