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Churches Help The Voters

Can churches keep voter registration applications on hand? What kind of an impact would it have if church leaders made sure their eligible members did their civic duty and voted?

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The Church is a house of prayer. Voting is of the world system and has no place in the Church. Could you imagine Jesus registering voters in the Temple?
---Mr._Graham on 11/14/07

If it is leagal and churches started doing this what message would it send to the politicians and do you think it would change their way of campaigning or how they voted on bills?
---nina on 11/11/07

churches are used as polling places.
---nina on 11/11/07

to jody - that is the problem, politics is dirty. Even a president who profess to be a christian or swore to uphold the constitution/laws of the land, will still put his agenda first & his 'group' than the people who voted for him.
---kai_shiden on 11/7/07

I don't see a problem with that but do agree with Mima regarding dictating what party to join or who to vote for. However, it is ok to educate members regarding candidates positions and regarding bills etc. as long as it is truthful,factual and an effort to assist in the education of voters.
---jody on 11/7/07

Mima: It is NOT a violation of the tax code to have Registration Forms available for the members. It IS a violation to tell the member what party to register, OR who to vote for.
---Trish9863 on 11/5/07

I do not know about keeping the applications on hand. Why not? But I do believe church leaders could and should remind members to vote. Voting is very important and Christians have their civic duty as well as anyone else, to vote. By the way. Churches should not really have to tell or remind us to do this. We should know it already and do it! We should pray before we vote. Whether at home or at the polls. The rest is in God's hands.
---Robyn on 11/5/07

Any church that does this is in violation of the 501(c)(tax exemption status). That is on the federal books.
---Mima on 11/5/07

It is perfectly legal for a church to make voter registration forms available for their congregants, as long as they do not tell a person how to vote. My churches have always encouraged us to vote, but do not tell me how to vote. My church never has political sermons.
---Trish9863 on 11/4/07

A church has no rights to keep voters registration on hand its none of the churches business if u vote or not. That falls under the sepration of church and state. Im not saying u shouldn't vote, but its not the churches place to make or keep ur voters application on hand. And if the state finds out that church could get into trouble. I think don't hold me to the last comment.
---ANN on 11/4/07

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