Getting Your Church Fully Registered – and Voting!

The Internal Revenue Service has specifically stated that “activities intended to encourage people to participate in the election process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a nonpartisan manner.”

 

1. Review the Do’s and Don’ts page on this site.

2. Order the Pastors, Pulpits, and Politics pamphlet and review.

3. Determine the Voter Registration Deadline for your state.

4. Collect Voter Registration Cards from your county elections division.

5. Call your congregation in early September to fulfill their citizenship responsibility to VOTE in the November 5th General Election. Announce the nationwide America 2014 Project, and stress the importance of America as a self governing nation. Emphasize the importance of the Christian Vote and your goal that every voter eligible adult be a voting citizen. Use the resources found at this site as seems best to you.

6. Place announcements in the Church bulletin in early September to prepare your members for the Voter Registration Drive using relevant quotes, scripture and other helpful information found on this site. Cf. Bulletin Inserts.

7. Hold the pre-announced non-partisan voter registration drive three consecutive Sundays from September 9th to October 21st depending on your state’s voter registration deadline. Call for 100% registration, each Sunday.

8. Place voter registration table(s) in the foyer of the church with voter registration cards. Call attention to the table and registration deadline each Sunday from the pulpit. Assign a couple or group to be at the table(s) immediately after each church service to answer questions and collect the cards.

9. Have voter registration cards at the church office from the time of the first announcement. Collect the signed cards either at the sign up tables on Sunday, or at the church office during the week and offer to take the cards to the county elections division as a service to your members.

10. Emphasize the importance of self government, to the church, your community, and the future of the nation using the Scriptures and Quotes. You might refer them to Galatians 5, emphasizing that one of the gifts of the Spirit is self control/self government. You may wish to use/revolve several of the PowerPoint slides found at this site prior to the service(s) from Sunday to Sunday.

11. Christian Voter Guides for each state can be found at www.christianvoterguide.com. Contact early to order.

12. Place Christian Voter Guides in the foyer of the church and at the church office as soon as they are received and call attention to their availability from the pulpit and in the church bulletin. Encourage your congregation to take them home, and review them before they fill out their ballots, whether they vote absentee or take them to the voting booth.

13. Call for 100% participation in the Election from the pulpit and in the bulletin— for at least two Sundays prior to the Election on November 5th.