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Episcopal Church urges all members to stand up for voting rights

Episcopal Church urges all members to stand up for voting rights

From the Episcopal Public Policy Network:

The Episcopal Church recognizes that engaging political processes is an act of Christian stewardship, and that voting is an extension of our baptismal covenant.

Unfortunately in some parts of the U.S., voting laws make it challenging for all citizens to exercise their right to vote, and when the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, President Obama called on Congress to restore the Act. Fortunately, members of Congress took bipartisan action on this important issue, and in 2015, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Terri Sewell introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (HR 2867/S 1659), a forward-thinking bill that addresses voter disenfranchisement and expands access to registration and voting centers.

The Episcopal Church calls on all Episcopalians to advocate for voter rights and to encourage voter registration. Informed by our church’s policy, let’s advocate for a just elections process by urging our members of Congress to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015!

 

To aid you in doing so, EPPN, has a page where you can fill in your information and a message will be sent on your behalf to your representatives in Congress.

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Kenneth Knapp

I don't think that engaging in the political process is an act of Christian stewardship. I think that our church's pursuit of political influence and power is an act of idolatry.

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Cynthia Katsarelis

Engaging in the political process is part of our responsibility to live into our Baptismal Covenant to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, love our neighbor as ourselves, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."

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David Allen

Yes, the Jehovah's Witnesses track that faulty course of logic as well.

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Jay Croft

Engaging in the political process is very definitely "an act of Christian stewardship."

Laws are proposed that harm people. Alabama, for example, had its notorious HB 56 a few years ago. Basically the law made it impossible for so-called "illegal aliens" to breathe Alabama air.

It passed in the legislature and was signed by the governor, but the U.S. Supreme court later struck down most of its provisions.

Christians and others did their best to oppose this law, and rightfully so. We cannot sit back and let unjust laws be passed.

Even further back were the voter registration laws, segregated public facilities, and these days, efforts to limit voter registration and voting hours.

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David Allen

In Mexico when we turn 18 we are eligible to apply for a federal voter identification card. The application requires an official copy of our birth certificate. It is a picture ID and becomes our official form of ID accepted for everything in Mexico that requires identification.

The US should adopt a similar federal ID and bypass the states and all their hoops designed to discriminate and prevent folks from voting.

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Susan Fiore

The problem with requiring voter IDs as legislated by conservative politicians is that the process of acquiring one is designed to ensure that primarily voters of color and the poor won't be able to get one.

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Paul Woodrum

Identification to get on an airplane and to vote are two very different things. One is to prevent terrorism and the other is to terrorize people who want to vote.

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Jay Croft

Gregory, which state do you live in?

As others have said: there is very little voter fraud committed by people who vote more than once.

The real problem is in absentee balloting. I've heard of very poor counties in Alabama sending in more absentee ballots than there were registered voters!

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