Welcome Value Voters!
The Citizens Sunday program is a program of Capitol Resource Institute(CRI). It offers pastors and church members the tools they needs to inform, educate and motivate people of faith to vote.10c3
The Citizens Sunday program is important because
- It informs pastors of their rights concerning speaking out from the pulpit on the issues that will be on the 2012 ballot
- Voters will be asked to decide on critical issues this election
- Value Voters must go to the polls in record numbers
- The educational materials we provide will prepare Value Voters to vote their conscience on Election Day
- Citizens Sundays are easy to host, but their impact could change the future of California
There are four steps to hosting a Citizens Sunday
- First, contact your pastor. You will need to obtain permission from your pastor before you set up a Citizens Sunday table at your church. You may also ask him to announce your church’s participation in Citizens Sunday so that people will be aware of your service. If your pastor has any concerns about the legality of participating in Citizens Sundays, or your church’s tax status being threatened, we have an informational booklet for you to present him to allay his fears. The booklet is written by the nonprofit legal organization, Pacific Justice Institute, and discusses what churches and pastors can do to affect public policy and Christian principles from the pulpit.
- Second, get voter registration cards. When you sign up for Citizens Sunday, we will send you ten voter registration cards. Additional cards can be obtained from the office of the Secretary of State at http://www.sos.ca.gov/ or by contacting CRI’s Danielle Cullum at email@example.com.
- Third, set up a table at church. You will need pens so that people can fill their voter registration cards. A candy dish or doughnuts will draw attention, while a tablecloth and small flag serve as nice decorations. When people approach, you can ask if they are registered to vote, moved recently (which requires them to update their voter registration), or recently turned 18.
- Finally, become familiar with the legal requirement sheet. Please read this letter from Pacific Justice Institute to familiariaze yourself with the legal rights of churches to register voters.