by Susan, Education Officer and National Coordinator
Whenever we travel and visit local CoRs and their cooperating groups, invariably the topic of politics comes up, especially as it relates to how people outside of America and how the election cycles are perceived by people around the world. I’ve joked to a few people that, in the UK, after 6 weeks of hearing politicians, we’ve lost the will to live, which accounts for most of our satire. Through all the rhetoric that we’ve heard the past year, the posturing, the promises, it’s important to keep in mind that recent polls have indicated that people who do not identify with any particular religious preference are now the largest voting bloc in the US, and this is something that UnitedCoR’s Jase spoke about on national TV a few months ago.
Now is the time to ensure that your voice is heard, and we would like to encourage everyone to make sure that they and their friends are registered to vote. Here are some websites to keep in mind, so that everyone can be registered:
You can also check your local public library to see if they have agreements, whereby if you register for a library card, you can also register to vote.
If you think you won’t be in the US during the elections, you can register with the Federal Voting Assistance Program to have an absentee ballot, or perhaps even vote through email or fax, depending on your state.
To help you and your friends understand more about the issues at stake and candidates’ stances on the issues, here are some websites to help you:
Atheist Voter: Their mission is to “ensure that elected officials know that atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious constituents vote–and vote in huge numbers–so they can no longer simply ignore us or take our votes for granted.”
Vote Secular: They are “grassroots secular activists who are promoting a smarter, more modern, less discriminatory government.”
Secular Coalition for America: UnitedCoR is a proud endorsing organization of the SCA, whose mission is to “increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.” (The SCA also welcomes local organizations to become an endorsing organization. Click here for more information.)