39 Days Until Mid Term Elections

No matter which side of the issue you were on in the Ford v. Kavanaugh testimonies, it is very clear how important your Senate representation is. Although we rarely see how our Senators and their views directly impact us, their importance was on full display yesterday during and after the hearings. It is further evidenced as they prepare to cast ballots to determine whether Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. If your state has a Senate race on the ballot, consider how their vote will impact future judicial nominations among other issues.

Want to know more about the United States Senate, its members, and functions? Visit https://www.britannica.com/topic/Senate-United-States-government

LaKesha Womack
40 Days Until Mid Term Elections

What’s the deadline to register to vote in your state? Check below and share with your network to ensure they don’t wait until the last minute!

(Source: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/)

Alabama

  • In-Person: 15 days before Election Day. You can also conditionally register to vote up to and including on Election Day in person at your County Elections Office, or, in some counties, at a County Elections satellite office or vote center.

  • By Mail: 15 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

Alaska

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday, your voter registration form must be postmarked 31 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

Arizona

  • In-Person: 29 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Received 29 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

Arkansas

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

California

  • In-Person: 15 days before Election Day. You can also conditionally register to vote up to and including on Election Day in person at your County Elections Office, or, in some counties, at a County Elections satellite office or vote center.

  • By Mail: 15 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration.

Conditional registration may also be available in County Elections satellite offices and vote centers.

Colorado

  • In-Person: Election Day.

  • By Mail: Received 8 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 8 days before Election Day.

You can register and cast a ballot up through Election Day by appearing in-person at a Voter Service and Polling Center during the Early Voting period or on Election Day. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Connecticut

  • In-Person: 7 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 7 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still register to vote in person at the office of your Local Election Office on Election Day. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Delaware

  • In-Person: The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election. 10 days before a special election.

  • By Mail: The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election. 10 days before a special election.

  • Online: The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election. 10 days before a special election.

District of Columbia

  • In-Person: Election Day, with proof of residency.

  • By Mail: Received by 4:45 p.m. on the 21st day before Election Day.

  • Online: Received by 4:45 p.m. on the 21st day before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions. You will need to bring proof of residency, such as a government photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or pay check that shows your current name and address.

Florida

  • In-Person: 29 days before Election Day. But if you or a family member has been discharged from the military or returned from a deployment outside the US after the deadline, you can register until 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 29 days before Election Day. But if you or a family member has been discharged from the military or returned from a deployment outside the US after the deadline, you can register until 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.

  • Online:

Georgia

  • In-Person: The fifth Monday before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked the fifth Monday before Election Day.

  • Online: The fifth Monday before Election Day.

Hawaii

  • In-Person: 29 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 29 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting at early walk-in locations and on Election Day at your polling place. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Idaho

  • In-Person: Election Day. (You must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day.)

  • By Mail: 25 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. You will need to show proof of residence and a photo ID. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Illinois

  • In-Person: Election Day

  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 28 days before Election Day.

You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does NOT take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your Local Election Office. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

Indiana

  • In-Person: 29 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 29 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

Iowa

  • In-Person: 10 days before general elections. 11 days before all other elections. If you miss these deadlines, you can also register to vote on Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day or received 10 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 10 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Kansas

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

Kentucky

  • In-Person: 29 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 29 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

Louisiana

  • In-Person: Received 30 days before Election Day. If that day is a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the first day after the weekend or holiday.

  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day. If that day is a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the first day after the weekend or holiday.

  • Online: Received 30 days before Election Day. If that day is a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the first day after the weekend or holiday.

Maine

  • In-Person: Election Day.

  • By Mail: Delivered 21 business days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. To register under these rules, you must visit the office of your Local Election Office before voting. Contact your Local Election Office with any questions.

Maryland

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day or during early voting between 13 and 5 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

You can register to vote in-person during early voting. You will need to bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that has your name and current address.

Massachusetts

  • In-Person: 20 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 20 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.

Michigan

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

Minnesota

  • In-Person: Election Day

  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site -- or to your regular polling place -- to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Mississippi

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

Missouri

  • In-Person: The fourth Wednesday before Election Day.

  • By Mail: The fourth Wednesday before Election Day.

  • Online: The fourth Wednesday before Election Day.

Montana

  • In-Person: Election Day. (Note that late registration is closed from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.)

  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day and received 27 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. You'll have to register at the office of your Local Election Office -- not at a polling place. Contact your Local Election Office for questions about the process or identification requirements.

Nebraska

  • In-Person: 6:00 p.m. the second Friday before Election Day. (This is 11 days before Election Day for Tuesday elections.)

  • By Mail: The third Friday before Election Day. (This is 18 days before Election Day for Tuesday elections.)

  • Online: The third Friday before Election Day. (This is 18 days before Election Day for Tuesday elections.)

Nevada

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 31 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

New Hampshire

  • In-Person: Election Day

  • By Mail: Received 10 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office for questions about the process or identification requirements.

New Jersey

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

New Mexico

  • In-Person: 28 days before Election Day. The County Clerk will also accept registration forms received by the Friday after the close of registration, so long as they were signed 28 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day. The County Clerk will also accept registration forms received by the Friday after the close of registration, so long as they were signed 28 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 28 days before Election Day.

New York

  • In-Person: 25 days before Election Day. (10 days before Election Day for special elections.)

  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.

North Carolina

  • In-Person: 25 days before Election Day. If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can still register and vote at the same time at a "one-stop" site during the absentee voting period (early voting). Contact your Local Election Official for more information.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received 20 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

North Dakota

  • In-Person: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

  • By Mail: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

  • Online: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

Ohio

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

Oklahoma

  • In-Person: 25 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 25 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

Oregon

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

Pennsylvania

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

Rhode Island

  • In-Person: 30 days before most elections. You may also register in person on Election Day but only for Presidential elections

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day. (But if the 30th day falls on Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, applications will be accepted until the next business day.)

You may register in person on Election Day at your local Board of Canvassers but only for Presidential elections.

South Carolina

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

South Dakota

  • In-Person: 15 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

Tennessee

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day. (But if the 30th day falls on Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, applications will be accepted until the next business day.)

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day. (But if the 30th day falls on Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, applications will be accepted until the next business day.)

  • Online: 30 days before Election Day. (But if the 30th day falls on Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, applications will be accepted until the next business day.)

Texas

  • In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

Utah

  • In-Person: 7 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Vermont

  • In-Person: Election Day. (Note that late registration is closed from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.)

  • By Mail: Election Day.

  • Online: Election Day. But if you register online the day before the election or on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist and you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To be sure your name appears on the checklist, please register by the Friday before the election.

You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place.

Virginia

  • In-Person: 22 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Received 22 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 22 days before Election Day.

Washington

  • In-Person: 8 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: 29 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

West Virginia

  • In-Person: 21 days before Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

Wisconsin

  • In-Person: Election Day.

  • By Mail: Postmarked at least 20 days before Election Day.

  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still register to vote in person up until Election Day. You can register to vote in person at the Municipal Clerk's office up until 5:00 p.m. or close of business (whichever is later) the Friday before Election Day. You also can register to vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.

Wyoming

  • In-Person: Election Day

  • By Mail: Received 14 days before Election Day.

  • Online: N/A

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office for questions about the process or identification requirements.

LaKesha Womack
41 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Go where the people are! Have you thought about where people gather to catch the bus, ferry or train to work? That’s a great spot for voter registration drives and to pass out Vote Plan cards. They are a captive audience and sometimes have a few minutes to spare for your pitch.

Success story…

Today was amazing here in Vallejo, CA ... National Voter Registration Day at the Ferry Building with the commuters who sail to San Francisco!
— Pat Hunter (September 25, 2018)
LaKesha Womack
46 Days Until Mid Term Elections

LaKesha Womack, the National Coordinator of #ZionVotes, shares how she connects her political activism with her Christian walk on the United Church of Christ’s Millennial’s for Racial Justice blog.

LaKesha Womack
47 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Let’s think about voting! The probability of actually voting is higher when you have a vote plan. Have you thought about November 6 and how you will be voting? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Am I registered to vote at my current address? Not sure, visit Vote.org to check your voter registration status and address.

  • Where do I go to vote? Visit vote411.org to find your polling place.

  • What do I need to bring with me? Visit vote.org/voter-id-laws to find out the identification laws for your state.

  • What time will I go vote? Block off time on your calendar if you will be voting in person. We are hoping that Election Day will be busier than usual so plan to go as early as possible. If you are casting an absentee ballot, check your state’s deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.

  • How will I get there? If you need transportation, visit carpoolvote.com to request a ride.

LaKesha Womack
48 Days Until Mid Term Elections

JOB OPPORTUNITY!

Every ten years the United States takes on the task of counting all of its citizens and recording important demographic data. Why is this important in your community?

This data helps to determine how many Congressional representatives each state will have, allocation of funding to hospitals and schools, forecasts for Social Security benefits, and the composition of state legislators. As we seek to have diversity in all areas of our government, we also want to be sure that we have diverse groups of people involved in the counting of our citizens.

The United State Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.

LaKesha Womack
50 Days Until Mid Term Elections

When considering who to elect in the next election, one the issues that we should be concerned with is how our candidates view the state of lending in America and its impact on citizens. Among the topics to be considered are:

  • Student Loan Repayment

  • Pay Day and Predatory Lending

  • Access to Credit

These issues are important to explore because they primarily effect low to moderate income communities, where many of our churches are located and members live. Review the report from the Center for Responsible Lending to help formulate some questions to ask your candidates.

LaKesha Womack
51 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Would you like for your church to organize a “We are Watching” meeting in one of the target states that Lawyers and Collars is focusing on?

If you are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania; sign up to get more information about protecting the integrity of the vote in your state.

LaKesha Womack