Many churches may not sponsor Registration Sundays. That is why in 2016, One Nation Under God used radio ads to tell Christians how they can register to vote online.
(Sample: 2016 Ohio Instructions)
KEY FACTS ABOUT YOUR CHURCH VOTER REGISTRATION SUNDAY
- Decide on which Sunday to have a voter registration drive. Have it announced in your bulletin and from the pulpit one or more Sundays before the registration date.
- Decide if you would like to present the 23 minute David Barton Religious Freedom video that day.
- Designate a person to be your church Voter Registration Coordinator who will recruit a registrar to be available at the registration desk (if necessary). It is recommended that you have several people in your church become registrars.
- Registrars are to make sure there are enough voter registration applications available each Sunday and placed with the registrar at your registration table. They should also place the voter registration poster, which we have enclosed, in a prominent place in the lobby of your church.
- The voter registration table should be available before and after each service that Sunday. It would be good to have black or blue ink pens at the table along with the voter registration applications.
- You can obtain Voter Registration Applications either at your County Clerk’s office or on the internet by visiting: eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx The Voter Registration Coordinator should check with the County Clerk’s office and the Secretary of State regarding rules specific to voter registration in your state. Your Voter Registration Coordinator should be sure that all applications are completely filled out and should then deliver them to the County Clerk’s office. All new registrations must be postmarked no later than October 11 to vote in November.
- We encourage people to register in person at your registration booth and not online if available so that you can keep an accurate record of newly registered voters at your church. Please go to our website 1UnderGod.com under “Church Voter Registration” and let us know that you have completed your church voter registration drive and the number of people who have been registered.
Ohio Voting Requirements
- A) Qualifications:
- Must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age before the day of the General Election.
- Must be a resident of Ohio at least 30 days immediately before the Election.
- Not declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
- You are not incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of Ohio, another state, or the United States.
- Must have registered by October 11 for November Election.
- B) Voter I.D. requirements: (any below)
- Current valid photo I.D.
- Military I.D.
- Bank statement
- Paycheck/government check
- Government document which shows your name and current address
- C) Absentee ballot voting:
- Any qualified Ohio voter may vote absentee by mail
- An absentee ballot application will be sent to every registered voter by mail.
- By U.S. mail, the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by the Board of Elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day or postmarked no later than the day before the Election and received by the Board of Elections no later than 10 days after the Election.
For additional information on Ohio election procedures and requirements please visit: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters.aspx or call # (614) 466-2655. Please visit http://www.unitedinpurpose.org/ to find out more about church voter registration and outreach.