Voting is a sacred right. We should remember that the right to vote is sacred, as many people given up their lives to protect and expand it. Let us remember the Civil Rights Movement and Selma in the 1960s, and other significant voting rights that have been achieved since then. Voting is the vital link to preserving and strengthening our democracy.
Election Issues. In the baptismal covenant, we promise “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to strive for justice and peace among all people, to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Our baptismal promises can guide us as we consider how our vote influences policies around public education, strengthening anti-discrimination laws, expanding effective mental health services, ensuring that all have access to quality and affordable health care, and protecting the creation God has given us while combating climate change. We may differ on some of these issues and how to best address them, but Christians are called to care for the most vulnerable among us, especially those who may be food insecure or hungry, those without access to adequate medical care, or those experiencing homelessness. Every voter should understand the issues that are at stake in this election, for their own families, and for their neighbors.
Voting deadlines: the first thing that we need to understand during this election period:
Voter Registration Deadline — The deadline has passed, except “One-Stop Early Voting” during the Early Voting Period.
Early Voting Period — October 15–31, 2020.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot — October 27, 2020.
Election Day — November 3, 2020.
Deadline to Return a Completed Absentee Ballot — November 3, 2020.
— Two-week rule suggests that absentee ballots should be mailed two to three weeks before November 3, due to potential mail delays.
— In-person early voting is available at any early voting site in your county while voting on Election Day is only possible at the polling site assigned to you in your precinct.
— One-Stop Voting refers to registering to vote and voting on the same day, which requires an ID to show proof of residence.
— No ID is required to vote except for one-stop voting.