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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.

– Book of Common Prayer, p. 822


As witnesses to being Jesus people, EDSD is building a nonpartisan positive voter participation initiative in 2024 through a coalition of congregations and community partners. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage confident, informed and active voter participation in the 2024 election. There are several ways your congregation can participate:


The EDSD coalition of voter advocates will have networking/support meetings monthly via Zoom to share activity ideas, successes and challenges, partnerships, and needs. A congregational voter advocate must be nominated/referred by the Head of Congregation (rector, vicar, priest in charge, or sr. warden—in the absence of clergy). Download the voter advocate Terms of Reference here.



In collaboration with other organizations in your community, you can engage in projects during this election cycle that can address polarization, share trustworthy information, promote safe, positive voting experiences, recruit poll workers, and/or direct your community to polling locations.

For in-depth information on each of these, please refer to the Faith In Elections Playbook from Interfaith America.

Through a grant from Interfaith America, EDSD congregational voter activities can receive up to $100 in reimbursement for limited expenses. Contact Canon for Mission, Jason Evans at jevans@edsd.org for details.

1. Address Polarization
Host conversations across difference in forums, mid-week gatherings, etc.

Resources: Living Room Conversations, Constructive Dialogue Institute, Faith Over Division, Interfaith America’s Shared Values Guide

2. Share Trustworthy Information
a. Add a link to your local election administration website and send elected-related information to your congregants on how to register to vote, dates and times, locations, checking your vote status, etc.

Resources: Vote.org, Vote411.org, U.S. Vote Foundation, National Association of Secretaries of State

b. Partner with local nonpartisan community groups to provide voter-related education.

Resources: Candidate Forums (League of Women Voters/KPBS), Prop Talks/Ballot Reviews (League of Women Voters), Election Security (Registrar of Voters), etc.

3. Promote Safe, Positive Voting Experiences
Election Day can be a joyful celebration of our civic duties and opportunities. You can encourage this by providing food, drink, and a positive presence to those in long lines. Clergy in clericals can also serve as poll chaplains. Check with election officials in your area to ensure volunteers are allowed to provide food and drink.

Resources: Food and Drink Checklist, Pizza to the Polls, Joy to the Polls, Bridging Divides Initiative’s Bystander Guide

4. Recruit Poll Workers
Nonpartisan poll workers help our elections run smoothly for everyone. The more poll workers available, the shorter lines for voters. Poll workers are trained and paid for their labor.

Resources: Power to the Polls, Recruit Poll Workers Email Template, Poll Worker Preparedness Checklist, Poll Worker Requirements by State

5. Direct Your Community to Polling Locations
More polling locations ensure that more citizens can vote. Your congregations can provide spaces for voting or assist at another.

Resources: Tips for Churches that will Provide Polling Places, ELCA Guide to Churches Hosting Polls, Jewish Partnership for Democracy Guide for Polling Places, Safety and Security Recommendations, National Conference of State Legislatures Polling Locations List


Congregational Voter Advocate check-in at 5:50 pm. Voter Engagement training at 6:20pm.



May 7 – Legal Explanation of Nonpartisan Election Activities with the Rev. Douglas Worthington

June 4 – Election Processes, Security & Vote Counting with San Diego Registrar of Voters

July 2 – Conducting Civil Conversations & Addressing Misinformation with Mae Chao

Aug. 6 – Engaging Youth in Voter Participation & Civic Engagement with Charlette Preslar & Greg Tuttle

Sept. 3 – How To Be An Informed Voter with League of Women Voters

Oct. 1 – Election Online Prayer Service with Bishop Susan Brown Snook

Voter Engagement trainings are intended to empower congregational voting advocates and others to take and share voter-related information with their congregations and surrounding neighborhoods. Therefore, speakers will be prepared to share practical guidance with attendees—especially multi-lingual tools and resources, being mindful of technical terms and parlance.

Each training will be …

  • Positive, factual, practical, and nonpartisan
  • 40-minutes long
    • Presentations will be no more than 30 minutes
    • Discussion with attendees will be no less than 10 minutes
  • On the Zoom video conferencing platform, and recorded
    • Recordings will be available to watch here the following week

Meeting & Training Access:


Meeting ID: 811 6309 7698
Passcode: 467731

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