“The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool in a democratic society. We must use it.” Rep. John Lewis
The right to vote is indeed the most powerful nonviolent tool in a democratic society. Every other justice cause is impacted by whether citizens can participate fully, freely, and fairly in elections.
Recognizing this, Rock Spring is participating in the UCC Central Atlantic Conference’s Faith and Democracy campaign, a unified and strategic initiative to engage justice leaders, clergy, and churches in non-partisan civic engagement including (1) Voter Registration; (2) Voter Education; (3) Get Out The Vote; (4) Election Protection; and (5) Voting Rights Advancement and Combatting Voter Suppression.
We have partnered with the Center for Common Ground to reach out to voters in underrepresented communities to encourage them to vote and to provide them with election information. To join in the postcarding campaign, email Rick Hale.
The Virginia Department of Elections website provides a host of Elections-related information including information on how and where to register and vote in Virginia and on voting deadlines. Learn more about ways to Make A Plan to Vote.
Ballotpedia provides links to information on the candidates running for office in each of Virginia’s 11 Districts as well as up-to-date projections of the likely outcome of each race.
Even more locally, the Faith & Democracy group has been working to help Arlington voters understand the Ranked Choice Voting system that the County is piloting in the 2023 County Board primary election as well as the impacts of recent redistricting.