Friday, October 13, 2006

Are you ready for Election Day?

"Voting is a civic sacrament." -- Father Theodore Hesburgh

As a faithful Episcopalian, I believe that voting is a critical part of my call to “strive for justice and peace.” As Election Day approaches, I wanted to provide you with resources to help you make the most of your opportunity to vote.

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Wondering where your polling place is? Need to find out about early voting or absentee ballots? Are you curious about the candidates? If you live in Burlington, Vermont (where I am located), check out BurlingtonVoterPower to find the answers.

If you don't live in Vermont, and are wondering if you're registered to vote, the National Association of Secretaries of State has put together a web site that can help answer all of these questions and more in just 7 easy steps.

Fortunately, where I live - in Vermont - we don't have many problems counting votes and making every vote count.

But in other states (Ohio, Arizona, and Florida come to mind) that may not be the case. Volunteers are needed for Election Protection 2006! The National Committee for Fair Elections needs your help to assist voters around the country on and before Election Day. Attorneys, law students, and paralegals are needed to help staff the national hotline before Election Day in Washington, DC and on Election Day in Washington, DC, New York City, San Francisco, CA and at local call centers throughout the country. Volunteers with legal training are also needed in targeted locations to serve in various roles on Election Day. Don't have a legal background? You can still sign up to volunteer. NCFE need many volunteers to make Election Protection a success. For more information or to volunteer, visit the National Committee for Fair Elections.

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