Tuesday, November 6th—three weeks from today—is Election Day. You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the midterm elections recently. Early voting has already begun in some states, and it’s important to know how you can be involved. Although religious leaders cannot use the pulpit to endorse specific candidates or instruct their congregants how to vote, there are a number of things you CAN do. This video from Auburn Seminary is a helpful guide to how faith leaders can engage in the 2018 midterms. Our staff also published a piece today discussing the midterm elections. Whether it is helping register voters, giving rides to polling places, serving as an election monitor, or speaking about what your faith tradition teaches about specific issues, we need justice-seeking people of faith to be engaged around the midterms. Here are two helpful resources to help you and your faith community prepare for the upcoming elections:
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of coverage of restrictive voting laws and attempts at voter suppression. These efforts disproportionately affect voters of color, as we’ve seen recently in states like North Carolina, North Dakota, and Georgia. It’s important to know what to do if you’re turned away from the polls. As we look ahead, we also must think about how to restore voting rights in this country. On this topic, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, at 1:30pm ET, our colleagues at the National Council for Jewish Women will be hosting a webinar about the role of the federal courts in protecting voting rights. You can click here to learn more or RSVP.