There are only 3 days left until the first Voter Registration Sunday! Are you ready? Here’s what you need to know:
- 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 Sunday!To make it easy, we’ve designated both September 20 and October 4 as Voter Registration Sundays.* September 20 is just three days away, so be sure to take action now if you plan to participate then!If you live in AK, MT, RI, SC, or UT, you will need to participate in September to meet your state’s voter registration deadline. We also strongly encourage you to consider this option if you the following states, because these states require registrations to be postmarked immediately after the October date: AR, AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL*, IN, KY, LA, MS, NM*, NV*, OH, TN, TX.(*state deadline falls on 10/6. All other listed states’ deadlines are 10/5. For both cases, we encourage you to choose September or to postmark/urge congregants to postmark registrations immediately on 10/5 should you choose the October option.)
- Hosting a Voter Registration Sunday 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 Sunday is 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 above)
- Voter registration is legal! The IRS allows your church to host a non-partisan voter registration! More details in our downloadable guide.
- It’s easy and can be as direct or passive as your leadership is comfortable with (though the more direct, the better the outcomes). See below for more details!
- You can design your Voter Registration Sunday to meet your church’s needs.
Whether your church is meeting online, in person but contactless, back to normal, or some combination of the three, there’s a Voter Registration Sunday tool for every need! Just be sure to ask your church leadership ahead of time and ensure that the date(s) you host are before your state’s registration deadlines (see above).
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.
Want to learn more and help spread the word? Visit our Facebook event and respond “interested” or “going” and you’ll get all the updates you need! Share the event with friends so they can host the registration at their own church, plan to participate at your church, or even register themselves through our online tool!
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?
Policy and Communications Strategist
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” –Proverbs 29:2
On Sunday, September 20 and Sunday, October 4, churches across New Mexico and America will unite for Voter Registration Sunday.
Is your church one of them?
Our country has a crisis of low voter turnout and Christian voter turnout is no exception to this. It is estimated that over 25 million Christians did not vote in the 2016 election, and an estimated 15 million Christians are not even registered to vote.
While there is no verse in the Bible which states, “thou shall vote,” God’s Word does challenge us as followers of Christ to influence our communities for our own good and, more important, for the good of others (Jeremiah 29:7; Galatians 6:10). We can do that in part by voting – not principally as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents – but as Christians.
Voting is one of our greatest rights as citizens of the United States and it is also our responsibility as Christians. As good stewards of God’s blessings, Dr. Wayne Grudem writes that “every Christian citizen who lives in a democracy has at the very least a minimal obligation to be well-informed and to vote for candidates and policies that are most consistent with biblical principles.”
This November, we have the opportunity to elect leaders — from the White House in D.C., to the State House in Santa Fe — who will determine our future on several critical issues including protecting babies in the womb, preserving our First Amendment rights, strengthening the family, and extending care and compassion to those in need.
Step one in this effort is voter registration and we hope you and your church will join us.
Here is what you can do!
- Share this information with your pastor and/or church leaders.
- Save the dates – Sunday September 20 and Sunday, October 4 – or select some other date that works for your church. Some churches choose to have voter registration available for multiples Sundays and services leading up to the election. (Please note, the deadline in New Mexico to register online to vote is October 6.)
- Visit our voter registration webpage to make sure you are registered to vote, then share the link with friends and family members.
- Download this short, accessible guide for hosting a voter registration at your church. The guide includes printable postcards and posters with a QR code that individuals can scan to start the voter registration process.
- Host your Voter Registration Sunday!
Thank you for joining us in this effort as we seek the welfare of our nation and love our neighbors through civic engagement.
Pastor Vince Torres
President & Executive Director
P.S. If you are not yet registered to vote, simply scan the QR code below using your phone’s camera to get started!
It’s estimated that over 25 million Christians didn’t vote in the last presidential election in 2016. Even more troubling is the latest data showing that atheists are the most politically active “religious” group in America.
This means that while believers sit on the sidelines, the groups selecting the country’s political leaders are those who would be all too happy to throw religious freedom rights in the wastebasket, take the lives of more babies in the womb, and bring further harm to families. It’s no wonder some leaders pass laws that directly contradict God’s Word.
Believe us—we know politics can be messy. Our calling every day is to engage with government in a manner worthy of the Gospel. But we also know that our system of government is another mission field in which the Body of Christ must engage.
Not every believer may be called to serve in this mission field as an elected leader. But every believer is called to engage. If we truly believe that biblical values bring about good for everyone—both believers and nonbelievers—then how can we not cast a vote for leaders who will best advance these values and pass laws that do the most good to protect religious freedom, life, and families?
That’s why it’s critical that we reach those 25 million Christians.
At Family Policy Alliance, we’ve set aside 2 Sundays where you can help us do that. We are asking you (and other individual believers) to help us get Christians who aren’t registered to vote registered, and to help register as many Christians as possible in churches during two Voter Registration Sundays!
We know of many cases where half the church members or more are not registered in a given church! Will you help us reach those 25 million?
Join us on one or both Voter Registration Sundays:
Sunday, September 20th
If you live in AK, MT, RI, SC, or UT, you will need to participate in September to meet your state’s voter registration deadline. We also strongly encourage you to consider this option if you the following states, because these states require registrations to be postmarked immediately after the October date: AR, AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL*, IN, KY, LA, MS, NM*, NV*, OH, TN, TX (*state deadline falls on 10/6. All other listed states’ deadlines are 10/5. For both cases, we encourage you to choose September or to postmark/urge congregants to postmark registrations immediately on 10/5 should you choose the October option)
Sunday, October 4th
How can you participate? It’s easy:
- Visit our voter registration webpage to make sure you’re registered to vote, and share the link with friends and family!
- Download this short, accessible guide to hosting a voter registration at your church and be sure to share with your church leadership so your church can participate! The guide also includes printable postcards and posters with a QR code that individuals can scan to start the voter registration process!
- Join our Facebook event, and send an invite to your pastor, church members, and pastors/believers at other churches so they can join too! The page features all the must-know information, including the guide and a direct link to register to vote!
- Host your registration! Full details in our guide.
Not sure about starting a registration at your church? Whether you’re wondering about it yourself, or not sure how to talk to your pastor, we encourage you to watch and share this video on social media and especially with your church leadership and other church members:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s be faithful to God’s call – by voting!
For citizenship worthy of the Gospel,
Vice President, Strategy
Policy and Communications Strategist
This weekend marks Citizenship Sunday – the kickoff of a national voter registration drive prior to the November election.
In 2008, millions of voters stayed home, giving the final count to Barack Obama and four more years of progressive policies that have taken aim at life, family, marriage and religious freedom.
We can take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2016.
The drive begins on September 18 and runs until the day voter registration ends in your state. You can register to vote and find other information about polling places, absentee voting, and early voting where you live. Family Policy Alliance is encouraging people to share this information with family and friends and on social media.
“Now, more than ever, we need people to go to the polls,” said Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance. “There are so many down-ticket races and issues on the ballot this year that need our attention. Simply bowing out is not an option.”