Living in a democracy is a precious gift, and as Christians we understand ourselves to be stewards of the gifts God has given us. With the right to participate in the political process comes the responsibility to exercise that gift on behalf of the common good.
As we approach the elections of 2018 we again have the opportunity to help shape the public discussion about the goals and values we want expressed in our national, state, and local government. The following statewide elections will be held this year:
- Spring Primary: February 20
- Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary: April 3
- Partisan Primary: August 14
- General Election: November 6
The Wisconsin Council of Churches offers the following resources to assist you and other members of your congregation in exercising your rights and responsibilities as voters.
Wisconsin Voter ID Requirement
Learn what you need to bring with you to the polls in order to be allowed to vote, and how to get a free WI state ID card if you need one, at Bring It to the Ballot
2016 Voter Education Guide
Review 11 things your congregation can do to help its members learn about the candidates and issues, encourage voter registration, raise the level of public dialogue, and exercise faithful citizenship.
Download a 2016 Voter Education Guide in PDF format. (2018 edition coming soon!)
Additional Voter Resources
Wisconsin Elections Commission
Campaign and Candidate Information
- Wisconsin Votes, from Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television
Rules for Political Activity by Religious Organizations
- “Preaching Politics From the Pulpit: 2012 Guide to IRS Rules on Political Activity by Religious Organizations,” Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
- Guidelines for Congregations and Clergy on Political Action from the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
- The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations
Faith, Values and Public Issues
- Voter’s Guide for Economic Justice 2016 from the Dignity at Work Coalition – Wisconsin covers child care, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, private sector retirement security, and transportation funding, and non-emergency transportation brokerage.
- Faith, Values and the 2016 Election: Toward a Politics of the Golden Rule is a reflection guide for voters from Faith in Public Life. Issues covered include: economic inequality; global warming; immigration; gun violence; restorative and racial justice; and national security.
- Vote to End Hunger is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to asking candidates for public office in the 2016 election: “If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the US and worldwide?” Learn how you can become involved.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – “ELCA Votes” – including “Called to Be a Public Church,” “Voting Rights and Racial Justice,” and “Movement into Action.”
- United Church of Christ – “Our Faith, Our Vote”
- Faithful Citizenship: A Response to the Scandal of Poverty in Wisconsin, a statewide sign-on letter issued in 2014 by over 1000 persons of faith, addressed to candidates for public office.