NETWORK Election Update

NETWORK Election Update

Election Update, October 14, 2008

Election Day – November 4 – is three weeks away.

Some of you, especially those of you in "swing" states, are probably tired of the ads and phone calls. But we hope that you’ll engage with candidates and other voters during this critical time, and encourage registered voters to vote for the common good!

Here are some suggestions from NETWORK for engaging others during this election season:

1. Contact Your Candidates – Get in touch with your candidates and tell them your priorities for our country and your community.

2. Use NETWORK’s Election Resources – Check out the election information on our web site.

3. Get Out to Vote – As Early as Possible!

 

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1. Contact your Candidates

We encourage you to contact the campaigns of the candidates running for office in your area. Challenge your candidates to keep focused on the common good as they address the critical issues facing our country.

You can follow these links to send personal messages to the campaigns of John McCain, Barack Obama, and your Congressional candidates:

• John McCain –

http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=12066761&type=CA

• Barack Obama –

http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=12066776&type=CA

• Congressional Candidates –

http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=12066791&type=CO

While you will find some suggested talking points for each letter, we encourage you make each reflect your own views and concerns. Some of the resources below can provide further background information as you craft your letters.

 

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2. Use NETWORK’s Election Resources

The following are some resources from NETWORK to guide you as you talk with your friends and neighbors about the issues at stake in this election and make your choices on November 4th.

2008 Presidential Candidate Chart for Conscientious Catholics – Compares the positions of the presidential candidates in the context of Catholic Social Teaching

http://www.networklobby.org/NEP%20ElectionChart%20WEB.pdf

CapWiz Election Guide – From this link, click on your state (on the map) or enter your street address to find information about your Congressional, state, and local races, including candidate profiles and issue positions.

http://networklobby.capwiz.com/election/home/

Platform for the Common Good – Presents a vision of and agenda for creating a "more perfect Union" focused on the common good

http://www.networklobby.org/PlatformfortheCommonGood.pdf

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3. Get Out to Vote – As Early as Possible!

Early voting is a great way to avoid long lines at your polling place on Election Day and to ensure that your vote is counted. If you vote early, you can address any problems with your voter registration and avoid last-minute glitches in voting equipment.

Early voting has expanded in many states since 2000. In this election, about a third of the electorate is expected to vote early. Varieties of early voting include: voting on a voting machine at a designated polling place and voting in-person with an absentee ballot. Many states now also offer early/absentee voting by mail with no excuse required. The types and timeframes of early voting vary from state to state. Check out the websites listed below for early voting procedures by state and for links to your own state’s election website.

NETWORK’s voter registration and early voting information page

http://www.networklobby.org/voter_information.pdf

League of Women Voters Education Fund, Election Information Website

http://www.vote411.org/

Early Voting Information Center at Reed College

http://earlyvoting.net/states/abslaws.php

Be sure to take your family, friends and neighbors with you to vote!

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