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by Suzy Williams | September 27, 2023
“Forty million Christians do not vote. Fifteen million are not registered to vote.” I was shocked to hear this at church two weeks ago. The pastor said, “This is not a Democrat or Republican thing.” Then he mentioned texting V O T E to a five-digit number.
I was reluctant. I didn’t want to be bombarded with follow-up texts, and besides, I was already a registered voter. Even so, I tested the number and received one text, with a link to register. Even after five days, there were no more texts, so I decided to click on the link. This led to a straightforward and easy process. I appreciated that I had to choose to opt in for any future contact. I was intrigued by the offer of information about future elections and issues.
When I clicked on the map of Michigan on the Voter Hub tab this helpful information appeared:
Next Election (General): November 7, 2023
Early, In Person Absentee Voting: Sep. 28, 2023 - Nov. 6, 2023
Last Day To Register by Mail: Oct. 23, 2023 Last Day To Register in Person: Nov. 7, 2023
Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot: Nov. 7, 2023, 8:00 PM
The home page of the My Faith Votes website myfaithvotes.org states “We’re on a mission to motivate and equip Christians to PRAY THINK VOTE in every election.”
Sally Whelan of New Hope Community Church in East Lansing Michigan said, “The purpose of MFV is to help people vote their biblical values, and know the issues that we need to be aware of.”
To host a voter mobilization drive at your church or in your community, download the free toolkit at OurChurchVotes.org.
Lisa Granger, who organized the Voter Registration at my church, said this was “so helpful. It includes an introductory letter to the pastor, some social media and power-point slides, email wording, even talking points to answer any concerns the church may have. The church was very receptive.”
For those who want to go beyond voter registration, there are lots of ideas for Action Partners from the website’s menu .Lisa Granger added “a biblical citizen has the ability to effect change.”
Putting the large chip of the Christian voting bloc back in place could make a difference for future generations of Americans.
Suzanne Williams, a member of MI Fair Elections Communications Team, is a precinct delegate and former township treasurer from Clinton County, Michigan.
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