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Friday Forum: Voter registration seeks common good, expresses baptismal covenant
From the Episcopal Public Policy Network

7/7/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  "As Episcopalians we must also be mindful that our response to the promise we made at baptism to 'strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being' is lived out through our participation in our nation's political process and civic life." -- Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities granted to all Americans. As the Presiding Bishop points out, Episcopalians have a specific responsibility set forth in their baptismal covenant. Voting is an opportunity for Episcopalians to exercise both our right to vote and our baptismal promise by electing officials who will seek peace and justice for the common good.

There have been federal, state, and local primary elections going on all around the country and there are still more to come, not to mention the November 7 General Election. There is still time to register to vote – to visit the National Voter Registration Page go to http://www.eac.gov/register_vote.asp.

Young people have the lowest registration and voting percentages, so please encourage those you know to participate in our democracy. Many Americans made great sacrifices in order to expand voter enfranchisement –- sadly, more people voted for the last "American Idol" than voted in the last presidential election.

There are many different voter registrations, voter education, and "get out the vote" efforts underway such as the We Are America Democracy Summer, Project Vote Smart, and Rock the Vote. To learn about these programs and others like them, visit the EPPN Election Year Resource Page at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3654_37495_ENG_HTM.htm.

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