This blog is part of a set of occasional entries that come from Chris and my service as election judges. Political thoughts, but NOT partisan….
In past election cycles, Chris and I have had the pleasure of participating in the political process as volunteers for candidates. We’ve written postcards, knocked on doors, made phone calls and walked in parades for our candidate. The work was pleasurable because we felt like we were answering the call to civic engagement. (Christians may not be of the world, but we’re certainly in the world!) We focused on political campaigning as the best place to affect change.
This time around we’ve shifted that focus slightly. We’re working as election judges. (From our experiences in the primary elections, we learned that this role can be positive and encouraging.) We have completed our training and have accepted our assignments for early voting and day-of-election efforts.
Why the shift? During this election cycle, it appears that the entire process of voting is vulnerable. NOT in danger from malfeasance or fraud, but threatened by those who angrily insist that malevolent forces—in society and in the government—are deceitfully stealing or manipulating elections. Chris and I maintain high respect for public servants, including election officials, staff and volunteers for both parties. So this seemed to be one way in which we could help hold together the fabric of society.
What can we offer? Civility, integrity, honesty, respect and attention to detail. Character traits that seem somehow grounded in what it means to be Christians in the world.
During the next weeks, I want to reflect on some of our experiences during this voting season. I hope you don’t mind reading (or rereading) some blogs from the past that still speak to present circumstances.
One more thing: Please be sure to VOTE….
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