Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to taking a continued stand for equity and equality for all God’s people. Seeking to be a faithful witness to the need to continue to stand and bear witness in issues of justice, the Presbyterian Voting Campaign has been created to engage, educate, and motivate people to exercise their right to vote, especially those who are a part of marginalized communities.
Both Jesus and John Calvin placed a significant emphasis on the role of justice advocacy as central to our faith. Participation in the electoral process is a part of our responsibility as people of faith. We are called to vote our faith convictions at the polls. These convictions are grounded on principles of faith commitment and a larger view of building both global and local communities that are sustainable through sharing the resources of God. Jesus’ call to faithful community building through the inclusion of all people and our denominational commitment to voter participation and justice are at the center of this campaign. The call to challenge current voter disenfranchisement and government’s collusion with corporate wealth continue to be at the center of our special emphasis throughout the PC(USA)’s Season of Peace, which began on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.
Every Monday throughout the month of October, we will feature short videos and articles of leaders of color throughout the denomination who will talk about the importance of voting and encouraging Presbyterians to vote. Videos can be found on the PC(USA) Facebook page.
Every Tuesday throughout the month of October, we will highlight ways to engage in the 2020 election such as registering to vote, requesting your mail-in ballot, finding your polling location and more. Follow us on Twitter @Presbyterian to find resources and information on how to engage in the 2020 election!
Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. ET — Engaging in the 2020 Election
Join the Office of Public Witness for a dynamic conversation with Sister Quincy Howard of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice that will explore voter registration, voting methods in the midst of the pandemic, other ways to engage and more! Register here.
Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m. ET — Faith and Voting Bible Study
Join the Office of Public Witness as we explore the biblical principles for voting and why it is our sacred duty, as people of faith, to vote. Video will be livestreamed on the Office of Public Witness Facebook page.
Nov. 3, 6 p.m. ET — Just Talk: Election Night
“Just Talk Live: Election Night!” Join Destini and Lee for a night of election coverage with a faith-based twist. The show will feature people from around the country bringing their perspectives of the election and how it intersects with their faith. “Just Talk Live: Election Night” will air on Facebook Live @JusticeUnbound and on Twitter @UnboundJustice. Watch other episodes of Just Talk Live.
Every Wednesday throughout the month of October, we will post facts and statistics on discrimination within our voting system, as well as highlight voter suppression among Black, Indigenous and people of color. Follow us on Twitter @Presbyterian to check out “Did You Know” Wednesdays!
Oct. 28 — A Faith Perspective on Voting Rights
Check out a previously recorded webinar hosted by the Office of Public Witness on combating voter suppression and restoring the Voting Rights Act. This webinar features a representative from Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s office to discuss the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). Video can be found here.
Every Thursday throughout the month of October, we will post facts about the Presbyterian Church’s history of advocacy, activism and voter engagement. Follow us on Twitter @Presbyterian to check out facts about Presbyterian history on Thursdays!
Oct. 22 (Time TBD) — Black Theology and Voting Webinar
Join the Presbyterian Historical Society for a conversation with the Rev. Dr. Charles Howard, Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity & Community at the University of Pennsylvania, about Black theology and how Black theology plays a role in voting. Registration link available soon.
Every Friday in October, Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries will host a series of events for young adults and first-time voters. We hope you can join us for First Time Voter Fridays! For more information about First Time Voter Fridays, email Beth Olker.
Oct. 9, 4 p.m. ET — Green Faith Voting
Join Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural ministries in partnership with Green Faith for a conversation on voting and climate change. This conversation is geared towards young leaders, first time voters and new immigrants. Register here.
Oct. 16, 4 p.m. ET — Intergenerational Women’s Interviews
Join Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries for a series of intergenerational conversations with women of color on their experience with voting. Video will be posted on the Racial Equity Facebook page.
Oct. 23, 4 p.m. ET — Young Leaders of Color Video
Young leaders of color explain why voting is important. Geared towards young leaders of color. Video will be posted on the Racial Equity Facebook page.
Oct. 30, 4 p.m. ET — Young Leaders of Color Discussion
Led by the Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network. Come explore issues on voting with young leaders of color in the denomination. This is a private conversation geared towards young leaders and will require registration. Register here.
- Did You Know? Facts about voting from the Presbyterian Voting Campaign
- Step-by-step voting instructions from EcoAmerica
- Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote
- Suppressed 2019: The Fight to Vote (Full Film)
- Liturgical Resources for the Sunday before Election Day
- PCUSA Office of Public Witness (OPW) Voter Suppression Discussion Guide
- OPW Interfaith Toolkit
- OPW Webinar on the Voting Rights Advancement Act
- Lift Every Voice: Democracy, Voting Rights, and Electoral Reform
- PC-Biz includes the most current text of the overtures and other recommendations that have been forwarded to the PC(USA) General Assembly.
- PC(USA) Document Library
Many churches are 501(c)(3) organizations, which means they are exempt from a federal income tax. How does this shape the organization’s involvement in the political sphere? Below is a list of resources that can help answer questions specific to organizations with a 501(c)(3) status.
- Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) Organizations
- Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities
- Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns
- Hosting Candidate Debates
- Contacting Parties and Candidates Concerning Election Protection Efforts
- Distributing Voting Records/Legislative Scorecards
- Election Activities of Individuals Associated with 501(c)(3)Election Activities of Board Members
- Sample 501(c)(3) Organizational Policy for Election Season
Updated: October 21, 2020 8:56 a.m. ET