Voting

Practice having compassionate conversations about government that are not party-specific

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Host a workshop on listening skills
  • Host studies, forums, and round-table discussions on the role of faith in a democratic system of government. Pay particular attention to the principle of separation of church and state
  • Provide opportunities for listening teams to discuss various principles of faith with scriptural grounding as they relate to issues our government addresses (emphasize respectful listening)
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Learn about election-related dates, vote your values, and coordinate efforts to help community members do the same

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Provide a study on democracy, voting rights, and electoral reform
  • Ask your senior minister to have a worship service focused on “The Citizen on Election Day” on the Sunday before an election
  • Invite a representative from your local Election Services office to speak to your community of faith about the registration requirements and procedures, as well a early voting dates and locations. Include any new voting requirements since the last large election.
  • Host a voter registration event at your church or gathering. Continue to provide voter registration forms, instructions, and voting location/date/time information for several weeks prior to registration deadline.
  • Encourage members to train for and conduct voter registration drives in your local community/town/city
  • Ask volunteers to drive community members to votings sites (arrange a schedule to do this)
  • Attend public meetings of your local Board of Elections
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Join in interfaith and community efforts that support voting rights and access

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Post voter ID rules in your facility, and have sample ballots available for your community of faith
  • Help community members attain the required voter ID documents
  • Offer your worship facility as a voting location (contact local Election Services)
  • Organize a group of members who will be available to drive fellow community members to the polls on election day, or join a community-sponsored group to drive people to the polls
  • Organize interest groups from your community of faith to go to vote early. Follow up with a fellowship lunch or dinner
General Information Related to this Strategy:
Available Resources in Western North Carolina:
Local Faith Communities Currently Utilizing this Strategy:
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