Voting rights and faith are inextricably intertwined. At the heart of our democratic contract is a spiritual principle: Every person is made in the image of God, and should therefore have equal say in determining how they are governed. Obviously, our country has a poor track record of living up to this ideal—to put it mildly. From the legal disenfranchisement of enslaved people, women, indigenous people and other groups to voter suppression's long and insidious reach, we have yet to witness the full expression of God's democratic dream. And, sadly, we are in the throes of the most dangerous racist assault on voting rights since Jim Crow. Sadly, our nation offers fewer voting protections now than it did in 1965.
At Middle, we know that fighting against voter suppression—and helping ensure that everyone has voice and vote—is God's work. We are appalled by the racist attempts to disenfranchise voters of color, and embrace fighting this scourge as part our congregation's antiracism work. Particularly at this crucial juncture that may determine if we remain even a semblance of democracy, this divine call could not be more pressing.
Use the resources below to prepare yourself to be counted this fall, and to encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Your Voting Checklist
Other Ways to Help
After you go through this list to make sure you're ready to cast your ballot, get 5 friends or family members to do the same!
Write, call or text potential voters as part of the Middle Voting Reform Group