Election Information for Churches and Pastors

This November, the future of our nation and our freedoms are at stake. We need leaders like you to encourage your congregation to vote and become active citizens to make a difference in this critical election. Churches and pastors often assume that they must remain neutral or silent in elections and on public policy issues. This simply isn’t true. There are many ways pastors and churches can make a difference, including holding voter registration drives, distributing voter guides, hosting election forums, and even advocating on specific public policy issues! Check out the special legal and election resources below to help you get started!

Important 2016 Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: Tue, October 11, 2016 (Extended to Tue, Oct 18 due to Hurricane Matthew)
Absentee (Vote-By-Mail) Ballots mailed October 4 – 11, 2016; due back by November 8.
Early Voting Dates (vary by county) between: Sat, October 29 – Sat, November 5, 2016.
Check your local supervisor of elections website for specific dates and locations for your area.

General Election Date: Tue, November 8

Voter Videos

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I’m Planning to Vote. Are You?
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Honoring God in 2016 
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Christians Vote
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One Vote Matters
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Test the Fire
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WallBuilders Voter Videos 

 

Voter Registration and Elections Toolkit

Church Action and the IRS (John Stemberger, FFPC) 5 Steps to Hosting a Voter Registration Drive (FRC)
Churches and Voter Drives (ADF) Do’s and Don’ts for Political Activities (ADF)
Legal Do’s and Don’ts (FRC) Guidelines to Political Activities by Churches and Pastors (ADF)
Guidelines for Distribution of Voter Guides by Churches (ADF) Pastor’s Letter Regarding IRS and Politics (ADF)
Register to Vote in Florida (Division of Elections)

Churches and Campaign Finance Law FAQ (ADF)

 

Other Helpful Legal Resources

Protect Your Church: Legal and Worldview Resources (FFPC)
Speak Up: Protect and Promote the Rights of our Churches (ADF)
Debunking The Top 5 Myths About Church 501(c)(3) Status (ADF)
Defending the Right to Share the Gospel Resources (ADF)
Watchmen on the Wall (FRC)
Cultural Impact Team Training & Resources (FRC)

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Voter Guide Resources for Federal, State, Judicial Races and Amendments

Find Church Approved C3 Printable PDF Voter Guides HERE, as well as extensive C4 online voter resources, Judicial Voter Guides, Amendment Guides and our recently published Florida Legislative Scorecard.
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National Party Platforms

Democratic Platform (2016)
Republican Platform (2016)
Libertarian Platform (2016)
FRC Action Platform Comparison (2016)
Liberty Counsel Action Platform Comparison (2016)