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Paschal: Promoting active participation in voting among church members is a valid objective

Encouraging and promoting the active engagement of church members in voting is a legitimate goal. One effective strategy to achieve this is by dedicating a designated Sunday, known as “Voter Registration Sunday,” to encourage the registration of voters. However, it is important to emphasize that endorsing specific political candidates under the church’s name can pose a risk to its tax-exempt status.

Despite this concern, religious leaders can still foster responsible citizenship and promote involvement in the democratic process.

To facilitate this, churches can take various steps such as organizing non-partisan events focused on voter registration, setting up registration tables, disseminating information through newsletters, and providing details about election dates and absentee ballots.

Moreover, churches can encourage members to seek out candidates who align with their religious principles and promote engagement as poll workers or poll watchers. It is crucial to encourage active participation and well-informed voting among Christians, particularly during this election season.

While acknowledging the potential risks of politicizing the Church, it is important to promote greater involvement of Christians in the political arena in Alabama. The Church should prioritize spreading the gospel and nurturing discipleship, centered around the teachings of the gospel, while avoiding entanglement in political agendas. 

It is essential to bear in mind the scripture found in Romans 13:1, which calls individuals to willingly submit to governing authorities. From this passage, one can infer that Christians should, at the very least, participate in the political process by exercising their right to vote in elections.

Based on the available data, an estimated 80 million individuals attend churches in the United States on an average Sunday. However, it is concerning to observe that approximately 40-50 million of these individuals did not exercise their voting rights in the last presidential election.

Surprisingly, FaithWins reports that nearly 40 percent of this group are not even registered to vote. To ensure active participation in the upcoming 2024 elections, it is crucial for the church community to empower their congregation members.

The church possesses the potential to make a profound impact, and engaging all Christians in this process is of utmost importance.

To facilitate this, below is key information about the 2024 elections in Alabama.

  1. March 5, 2024 – Presidential Preference/ Alabama Statewide Primary Election 
  2. April 16, 2024 – Primary Runoff Election 
  3. November 5, 2024 – General Election 

For more detailed information on the 2024 Election Administrative Calendar specific to Alabama, please visit the Alabama Secretary of State’s website

To understand the voter registration process, it is recommended to visit the official website of the Secretary of State at alabamavotes.gov and select the “Register to Vote” option.

Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham), House of Representative, District 73

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