Election Day (November 6, 2018) is just one week away and early voting (with same day registration) ends this Saturday, November 3rd.
As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to affirm and promote the use of the democratic process in our local communities, in North Carolina, and in our nation. We know that our vote is our voice and that voting is one of the ways that we can “give life the shape of justice.”
Every election is important. But somehow this election seems even more important than usual. Because our values that we hold dear as Unitarian Universalists and as Americans–the values of justice, democracy, equality, inclusivity, diversity, community, and compassion–are under assault, threatened, and endangered in ways that, to many of us, seem to be unlike anything we’ve seen before.
As our UUA President, Rev. .Susan Frederick-Gray, says: “This is no time for a casual faith.” This is no time to stay at home or sit on the sidelines.
It’s time to get out and vote, to make our vote our voice for our UU values, and to do what we can to help others exercise their right to vote.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Be an informed voter. Learn where the candidates stand on important social, economic, and political issues. Learn about the candidates who are running for election as judges on the state’s trial courts, the state Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court as well as candidates for the state legislature and local offices in your community.
- Talk with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers about what this election means to you and our state and nation. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
- Share information about the six proposed constitutional amendments and urge others to vote against all six amendments.
- Contribute to and campaign for the candidates you support.
- Volunteer to help with “Get Out the Vote” efforts in your community.
- Talk with voters at early voting sites and polling places on Election Day.
- Review a sample ballot for your voting precinct. Make sure you know where to vote and when the polls open and close.
- Cast your vote! You and other voters are not required to show a photo ID.
- Cal the Elections Protection Hotline (888-OUR-VOTE) or visit NCVoter.orgif you or others experience problems in casting you ballot.
- Don’t let yourself be consumed by despair, anger, and negative ads. Keep hope alive. And keep on working for justice.