What is GOTV? I must admit that when I first heard of GOTV years ago, I thought it was probably yet another cable channel to add to the 500 channels we already didn’t watch. Actually, it’s an election term that means Get Out The Vote.

Does GOTV matter? Nationwide, roughly 40% of eligible voters show up at the polls during midterm elections, as we will hold on November 6. Turnout is a bit higher in the years there is a Presidential election, but still nothing to brag about (pretty consistently 60%). Sadly, we North Dakotans are about the same. Our midterm turnouts are a few percentage points higher than the national numbers, but that’s it. Congratulations, we’re average.

Why don’t people vote? There are many possible reasons. Perhaps they believe their busy schedule won’t accommodate it, they think there are no good candidates on the ballot, or maybe it could be simply apathy. Others may convince themselves that their vote really doesn’t matter, they might feel they don’t know enough to vote, or they believe the election system is corrupt. Regardless the reason, only 4 out of 10 eligible North Dakota voters will likely vote this November.

What about barriers to voting? Our state has very reasonable voting requirements. First, we are the only state in the country that does not require voter registration. In North Dakota, you merely need to show a form of identification with your name, birth date and residential address at the polling location to vote.* If your identification doesn’t have one of these features, you can even supplement it with a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or similar document. Our state also offers “no-excuse needed” voting by absentee ballot.

Does it really matter? The most hotly contested race in North Dakota without a doubt is the race between Kevin Cramer and Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate. The last time this particular senate seat was up for election, it was decided by less than 3,000 votes. Taken as a percentage of all voters in that election, that was less than 1 percent!

Are you going to vote? Yes, please! You may see polls that say one senate candidate is ahead of another, but I wouldn’t bet the next 6 years of U.S Senate representation on those numbers. Think back to the last presidential election for a recent example of polling accuracy.

Please stand with Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and help GOTV. We need you and others who share your biblical values to stand for your beliefs and put the right people into these important legislative positions!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. To see how your state legislators voted on key family bills last session, go HERE and review their voting records. Note that some legislators did not get higher ratings because they were absent on certain votes, so I encourage you to review the detailed voting records for your district legislators.

*There is currently much debate over the recent court decision requiring Native Americans to also comply with these requirements, even though many only have P.O. Boxes. While it is relevant to the larger discussion of voter turnout, the focus of this email is on broader voting trends.

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

Are you noticing campaign signs along the road and in your neighborhood or getting flyers in the mail that you give a passing glance – maybe?

UNLEASHING BIBLICAL CITIZENSHIP

The signs you are seeing are for important local elections. City Council, mayoral races, ballot measures and political positions that have a bigger impact than we give them credit for. They all are up for election NOVEMBER 7TH.

While this off-year election season doesn’t get much hype, it is extremely important that you make your voice heard. City government has a lot of power and, here in Idaho, seems to be grabbing more power. Threats to your First Amendment freedoms are ongoing in cities all over the state.

Pollster George Barna found 71 percent of Americans believe there is a culture war taking place in the United States, today. However, liberals, overall, are more likely than conservatives to believe there is a need for significant cultural change, they are more likely to describe the need for such change as “urgent;” and they are more likely to participate in a variety of forms of social action.

The political Left knows how important these local seats are. Local governing bodies often function like a farm team for a professional sport franchise. The politicians learn the ropes and begin to network as they increase their name recognition and climb the political ladder.

City and county government is a target point in Idaho for the ACLU and allies to enshrine “Add the Words” and “Gender Neutral Intimate Spaces” policies. They are training members to run for local government. The goal is to populate those seats with ACLU, Planned Parenthood & Soros group devotees. If they can overwhelm local governing bodies with their worldview and control local policy, their agenda gains more power at the state level.

It is not difficult to “pull the wool” over the voters’ eyes, if the voters are apathetic.

So, what can we do?

Commit to be informed 

·       Your local newspaper will have election information. If you live in Ada or Canyon County, the Idaho Statesman has information here:   http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman17/build.do

·       The Idaho Secretary of State has information here: http://www.idahovotes.gov/ballot_information.shtml

·       You can also contact your County Clerk for specific information, polling location, etc.

·       If you want more in-depth answers, go to a candidate’s website or call them with your questions.

Commit to vote on or before November 7th

Unleashing Biblical Citizenship means that we need to take responsibility and be good stewards of the society in which we live and will leave to our children.

Your Values. Your Voice. Your Vote.

Julie Lynde
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

Why are so many people investing so much attention in a congressional special election in Georgia?

Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, explains what’s happening and who the organization is recommending in the race.

Here’s the election-related ad from Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.

 

This past election proved to be a huge success for conservatives in Kentucky.

Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation of Kentucky, one of Family Policy Alliance’s 40 state-based allies, tells us what’s happening after a hundred-year conservative drought.

Find an allied organization in your state.

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The 2016 election was full of surprises. Your support of Family Policy Alliance’s efforts made for some great results.

Here’s a graphic that outlines how your partnership made a difference!

paul-weberThe vice-presidential debate is now long over and forgotten. But toward the end of the debate, both candidates—self-proclaimed Christians—were asked to “discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position.”

Democratic candidate Tim Kaine responded: “I try to practice my religion in a very devout way and follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life. But I don’t believe that in this nation, a First Amendment nation, where we don’t raise any religion over the other, and we allow people to worship as they please, that the doctrines of any one religion should be mandated for everyone.” He went on to say that he and Hillary Clinton support Roe v. Wade and “a woman’s right to choose.”

In contrast, Republican candidate Mike Pence, now vice president-elect, said: “I would tell you that for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that . . . where God says before you were formed in the womb, I knew you, and so . . . I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life.” He continued, “so for me, my faith informs my life.”

One’s natural response was to paraphrase the Constitution and a Supreme Court ruling to justify his support for abortion on demand. The other’s was to cite God’s Word and how it directs his steps.

Both men’s faith teaches personhood at conception. Yet, only one aligns his actions with his faith.

We saw during that debate the contrast between a politician and a statesman—a person who stands firm and takes action (Dan. 11:32b) regardless of the personal consequences.

Your sacrificial gifts are training and discipling people like Mike Pence as Family Policy Foundation Statesmen. What a hopeful future we are building together!

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Paul Weber
President and CEO
Family Policy Alliance

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As we prepare to spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, Family Policy Alliance wanted to thank you for your support and partnership during this election cycle.

With conservative majorities in the House, Senate and a conservative in the White House, we’re looking forward to making gains toward a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Because of you, Family Policy Alliance was able to work shoulder to shoulder with some amazing, godly public servants and help them retain or gain an elected office. We were instrumental in 24 out of 30 races in which we were involved – that’s an 80% win rate!

Graduates of our Statesmen Academy were successful in 14 out of 16 races – an 88% win rate!

We were able to use mailers, television, digital ads, newspaper submissions, radio and email to inform voters and help them unleash their citizenship.

But without your prayer and partnership, we couldn’t have done this amazing work. Thank you for walking with us and allowing us to impact our world.

May this Thanksgiving be one of the best for you and your family.

Paul Weber
President and CEO
Family Policy Alliance

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Now that the election is over and conservatives hold the senate, house and White House, what’s the first thing they should tackle?

Stuart Shepard shares some of the ways the conservative majority could advance family policy in an interview with Bob Crittenden of The Meeting House on Faith Radio.

It was a big night for conservative values. Family Policy Alliance was involved in many of the races and ballot measures with great success!

Paul Weber, our president and CEO, talks about what we accomplished together and what we can expect moving forward.

flagThe 2016 election is in the books. You unleashed your citizenship and made it a success. Your participation in voting, knocking on doors, contacting your lawmakers, sharing on social media and talking about the issues with family and friends brought about a historic shift in our government.

Here’s a wrap-up of races and issues you partnered with us to impact. Enjoy!

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