“Voting is a civic sacrament.” - Theodore Hesburgh
Voting is central to democracy. I have vivid childhood memories of my parents voting. I didn’t yet fully understand what “voting” was, but I knew what they were doing was important. At some point, my sisters and I started asking questions about this mysterious process. The process still holds mystery in many ways, but my sense of its significance has only increased. Many elections are by a small number of votes. Whatever the outcome of the ballot, your vote reveals your hopes and priorities. Voting can be intimidating. As we prepare for Election Day (Tuesday, November 8, 2022), I want to offer a few resources and some encouragement. You can click here to check your registration status, view your ballot ahead of time, and pledge to vote. Other sites exist to help voters learn more about all who stands for election, and still others like this site have general voting information and full candidate listings by office. On Election Day, volunteers are always needed, so please let me know if you need help connecting with opportunities. As this year's election draws near, I encourage you to ask questions, research candidates, and pray for guidance. Below is a prayer for elections from our Book of Common Prayer. Please join me in praying this prayer for our leaders and our country. Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.