voter registration

TFF Action Launches VaVotes.net, Be Committed To Vote!

The Family Foundation Action today launched VaVotes.net, a voter education website that provides voter registration and candidate education materials to assist Virginians in voting in November's crucial election. VaVotes.net provides links to information on how to register to vote, how to verify your current registration status, where to vote, how to vote absentee, important registration and election dates, and much more. You can also order a free voter registration kit so you can register voters at your church.

Click here or on the image to visit the new site.

In addition, the Family Foundation's Presidential and U.S. Senate Candidate Voter Guides also will be available through the site soon. Currently, the site links to the Family Research Council Action's Presidential Candidate Voter Guide. It's a one-stop-shop for all the voting resources and information you need and it makes it easy to help others register and vote. Simply forward this link or VaVotes.net to friends and family or share it on your social media sites.

With our religious liberty at stake, a federal government that has made access to abortion its number one priority instead of protecting our freedoms, voting our values this November is absolutely paramount. With Virginia being a top battleground state, the commonwealth could very well determine who the next president will be and which party will control the U.S. Senate. We need to ensure that we are all "Committed" to voting, registering others to vote, and educating Virginians on where the candidates stand on our issues.

Please visit VaVotes.net, take a look, forward this link to your friends and family, and share it on your social media sites.

 

Paid for by The Family Foundation Action.

If You Think Winning Matters, Save A Date For Grassroots Training!

The Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Leadership Institute and American Majority, has scheduled three grassroots training workshops this summer in preparation for this year’s important General Assembly elections. By partnering with these nationally known allies, we guarantee the highest quality professional instructors. Attendees will learn a great deal about grassroots activism and how to identify and turnout like-minded citizens to get involved in the political process. All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election, including the Virginia Senate, the body that has thwarted pro-family legislation for years. The Family Foundation and The Family Foundation Action plan extensive voter registration, education and mobilization projects this fall, and these grassroots training workshops are an important aspect of our strategy. If you think Winning Matters — and it does to ensure pro-family policies are passed and bad ones defeated in Richmond — please consider attending one of the training sessions this summer. It will be well worth your time.

We will provide more details soon, but in the meantime pick a training session to attend and mark the date on your calendar today. For more information, contact Roger Pogge at 804-343-010 or e-mail him roger@familyfoundation.org.

Grassroots Training Workshop Schedule

Saturday, July 16 with American Majority at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg

Saturday, August 6 with Leadership Institute in Chatham (location TBD)

Saturday, August 20 with American Majority at Centreville Baptist Church in Fairfax County

Voter Registration Deadline This Monday Afternoon!

This coming Monday, October 5, is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the November election. If you are not registered, or if you have recently moved, be sure to go to your local voter registrar’s office and register to vote. You may also download the Virginia voter registration from the State Board of Elections’ Web site by clicking here. All eyes are on Virginia and New Jersey this November, as the only two states with statewide elections. The outcomes will be crucial and it is vital that your voice is heard. Will Virginia continue down the path of secular progressivism, the seeds of which are being planted by the Obama Administration, or will we say, "enough is enough," and return to the proven principles of freedom, respect for life, traditional marriage and smaller, limited government? We are blessed in this nation to be able to choose our governmental leaders. We must do all that we can to ensure that we elect men and women who understand that the greatness our nation is in its Judeo-Christian foundation and that we must uphold those principles if we are to remain a great nation.

If you already are registered to vote, make sure your friends and family members also are registered. Offer to take them to the registrar’s office or help them download the registration form (you can also register at places such as libraries and the DMV). If possible, hold a voter registration drive in your church this Sunday.

Four years ago, the Attorney General’s race was decided by just 360 votes. Every vote counts!

In addition, the military deadline is approaching as well! If you are a Virginia resident serving in the military outside of the commonwealth or have a son or daughter deployed who needs to register, military personnel may use the Federal Post Card Application to register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot both at the same time. The application must be received by the local registrar by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5. There is a provision for these to be faxed or e-mai as well as through the U.S. Postal Service. For more information, click here for the Virginia State Board of Elections page on the military.

Pastors Energized To Make A Difference After This Week's "Watchmen on the Wall" Conference

Nearly 250 pastors and church leaders earlier this week joined together in Williamsburg at a "Watchmen on the Wall" conference co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and The Family Foundation of Virginia. The attendees were urged to speak out on important issues of the day and to encourage their members to take their civic responsibilities seriously.This year The Family Research Council is hosting several "Watchmen on the Wall" pastor conferences across the nation, including in Washington, D.C.; California, Arizona and New Hampshire. To date, nearly 2,000 pastors have joined together and hundreds of others have joined The Family Research Council's pastors' effort. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told the crowd, "Your leadership is absolutely fundamental and essential to this nation. My hope for America is not bailing out Wall Street. My hope for America is not in education. My hope for America is not in our strong military. My hope for America is Jesus Christ."

Former U.S. Representative Bob McEwen (R-Ohio) encouraged pastors to make sure people in their congregations are registered to vote. He said, "There are fifty million self-identified evangelicals in the United States. That's fifty million votes. Fifty million votes wins everything." Statistics indicate that at least half of self-identified evangelicals are not registered to vote. Dozens of churches in Virginia have been holding voter registration drives and will continue to do so up until the registration deadline (click here to see how to get involved).

Pastors also were educated by Alliance Defense Fundsenior counsel Jordan Lorence about their legal rights concerning speaking about issues, educating their congregations and providing election materials. Lorence has argued numerous times before the United States Supreme Court. 

The audience also heard from Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown) and Attorney General Bob McDonnell. 

The Family Foundation, along with its pastor outreach arm, Pastors For Family Values, co-hosted the event. Pastors For Family Values provides support for pastors who speak on cultural issues and provide civil leadership. Pastors For Family Values formed in 2007 after Virginians in 2006 overwhelmingly voted to pass a Constitutional amendment defining marriage — as an outgrowth of pastoral involvement in that effort, several pastors of various denominations and ethnicities approached The Family Foundation with the concept of forming a pastors group.

It is absolutely essential for church leaders to take the lead and speak out on the values issues that shape our nation and our culture. While some organizations try to intimidate and discourage religious leaders from exercising their rights and freedoms in the political sphere, we urge them to reject those fear tactics and take a vocal stand on important issues. Only when our churches take a stand will we see our laws begin to reflect the traditional values our nation once stood upon.

Attendees left the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference excited and challenged. Nearly 20,000 church going Virginians were represented by the participating pastors. The impact these pastors and those church members can have on Virginia's political culture is enormous.

There is a tremendous amount of energy among pastors and church leaders and there is no question this energy will affect the congregations they represent. The potential impact of this energy and leadership cannot be underestimated. It isn't intended simply to affect one election or one campaign cycle but to bring change to an entire culture. This week was an important step toward that change.