With the 2022 Fall Election just a month away, it is important to remember our duty as citizens to participate in our representative Republic and choose the leaders we believe best represent our interests and values. This is the power of our vote!
When we vote, we do our part to ensure the security and prosperity of our nation. While we may not always like the results of a given election, or the current direction of our country, we as citizens have the opportunity to decide our future with each new election.
Too often citizens become disillusioned or feel that their vote is just one in a sea of ballots that won’t make a difference. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
For example, consider the consequences of the 2020 Presidential Election. In our state of Wisconsin, for instance, Joe Biden won by just .63 percent. Yes, that’s right, less than 1 percent! This equated to just under 20,000 votes which tipped the scales in Biden’s favor.
But what if more voters turned out? Could things have been different?
In the 2020 Presidential Election, roughly 72 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast their votes in Wisconsin. While this was a great accomplishment, and the highest total in over a decade, this still means 28 percent of the eligible population chose not to participate in the 2020 election. More than one-in-four voters decided to stay at home.
Are you one of the many who may have felt there was no point to voting? If so, our latest campaign has you in mind.
Our “Commit to Vote” campaign is a reminder that every vote matters and every voter who decides to come out to the polls can be the difference in the election’s outcome. Using the “Sign the Pledge” link, you can add your name to the list of citizens who commit to making their voices heard through their vote.
And as part of this campaign, we have resources for voters to help guide them through the voting process. These resources can be viewed here.
This guide includes instructions on how to register, where you can find information on your local polling station, and a gentle reminder to put Election Day on your calendar!
We also believe our local churches can be instrumental in getting citizens mobilized for the vote. To assist the churches of our communities, we also created a resource outlining their rights within the political process, found here, and a legal guide found here.
In part, this resource notes that churches are within their rights to register voters, distribute non-partisan voter guides, and invite candidates to speak!
Election Day is almost here, whether you are feeling enthusiastic or a bit disenfranchised, remember, your vote is important!
Be part of the solution, “Sign the Pledge” and commit to vote this November!