|Sent on:||Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:43 AM|
Champion The Vote
Did You Know?
The elderly, infirm, and handicapped in your congregation have serious challenges which often prevent them from registering to vote and getting to the polls on Election Day. You can help these folks make their voices heard in the 2012 elections by simply having a computer, internet connection, and printer set up in your church lobby after services!
1.Depending on the size of your congregation, arrange to have a laptop (or several) hooked up to printers and an internet connection, available after services.
2.Announce that you'll be providing this service to help those who can't go to the polls on Election Day, and invite the elderly (and others) to come to the computers to register to vote and/or request an Absentee Ballot.
3.Register to vote online at www.RegisterVote.org. Print the form, have the person sign it and mail it. Find the deadline and mailing address for your state here.
4.If anyone is not sure whether they're registered, find out at www.AreYouRegistered.org.
5.Request an Absentee Ballot at www.VoteEarly.org. Print the request form, fill it out, have the person sign and mail it to the address that appears on the request form. The ballot will be mailed to their home. Make sure they know the deadline for submitting their ballot. (This information will appear when you enter your state on the VoteEarly.org webpage.)
We heard from a woman in Florida who used these tools to help her 90-year-old mother -- who had NEVER voted -- register and request an Absentee Ballot for 2012!
Voting early is also an option for anyone who will be away from home on Election Day.
Voters will decide the future of America, and you can help EVERY vote be counted by making early voting available in your congregation!