In her now-infamous speech at the Golden Globes this past weekend, actress Michelle Williams attributed her success to “employing a woman’s right to choose” – a more delicate way of saying she had a child in her womb killed by abortion – and urged women in the audience “from 18 to 118” to use their votes to make the U.S. “look more like us.”
We cannot agree with her on much.
But on the importance of using the voting booth to make a difference, we say “Amen!” and urge all pro-life people to register to vote!
Now that we are in March for Life season, with major pro-life demonstrations planned in D.C., San Francisco, Chicago and all over the country, we have many opportunities to help pro-lifers get registered to vote.
For instance, at the Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 25, in addition to speaking at the rally and leading the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, I will help to lead a non-partisan voter registration drive.
A booth will be set up at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza for voter registration. We will utilize the National Voter Registration Form as well as offer state-specific information about registration and voting, and about how and when you can register even if you are not yet of voting age today, but will be by Election Day, Nov. 3.
(Did you know California residents can register to vote as soon as they turn 16?)
We will likewise have voter registration at various events during the March for Life in DC, such as at the National Prayer Service.
Pro-life groups should utilize every major event like this to make sure our supporters are registered and ready to vote. Marches, rallies, banquets, conventions, prayer vigils, and other pro-life events all through 2020 should include voter registration.
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Even those who have already registered should make sure their registration is up to date. At www.usa.gov/register-to-vote you can check your voter registration status. Any change of address, name change, or change of parties requires at least an update. Sometimes voter files may be purged or data errors may occur. You should even consider whether your signature has changed over the years; you may want to update it on your voter file.
At Priests for Life, we recently ran our whole list against the publicly available voter files and found a large percentage of people not registered to vote. Any group can do this as well, and then send a friendly reminder to get registered!
Assisting people to register to vote is one of the best ways to exercise our citizenship. Non-partisan voter registration drives fall within the activities permitted to tax-exempt organizations. There’s no reason not to do it.
Organizations that want to help register people in their states should contact their local Board of Elections for helpful information on what to do and how to do it. A good place to start is StateVotingInfo.org.
At a multi-state event like the Walk for Life, the National Voter Registration Form is helpful, and may be downloaded here.
As the 2016 presidential election underscored, every vote counts. This year, the stakes are even higher. We need every pro-life voter to cast a ballot for life.
If we don’t do everything within our power to hold on to the White House and Senate, and regain the House of Representatives, we will have no one to blame when our country begins to resemble an actress clutching a meaningless totem and congratulating herself for killing her own child.