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Voter Registration

Having a voter registration drive in your parish is an excellent idea. However, we have to be careful that the drive is neutral and non-partisan. Here are some simple guidelines: 

Voter Education

The Archdiocese is making available resources for voter education:

The documents and information from the United States and New York Bishops are also good tools for educating Catholics on their civic and moral responsibilities. 

Guidelines for Permissible Political Activity by Catholic Institutions  

There are legal limits on the kinds of political activity that can be carried out by religious organizations.  In general, religious organizations and their representatives have the right, protected by the First Amendment, to speak out about issues and matters of public policy, and to seek to influence legislation.  We encourage our parishes and people to vigorously exercise their freedom of speech, to bring Catholic values to bear in the public square.  However, our organizations may not engage in any way in partisan political activity.  
 
The New York State Catholic Conference has guidelines that will help Catholic institutions in applying these rules to their activities
 
Please note that "voter guides" (i.e., documents that compare candidate positions on issues) from outside groups are not to be distributed by parishes in the Archdiocese, because such guides may not fairly represent the issues of interest to the Church, and may involve the Church in forbidden partisan political activity. 
 
Information About Elections and Candidates

To find out about the candidates in the upcoming elections, go here and fill in your address. 
(Please note that the website linked above is not affiliated with the Archdiocese or any other Catholic institution.  We have no control over, nor do we take responsibility for or endorse, the contents of the website or the organization that sponsors or hosts it.  This link is provided for information only, and should not be considered in any way an explicit or implicit endorsement of any candidate, or a comparison of any candidate's positions to the teachings of the Church.)

 

Prayer before Elections
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer-before-an-election.cfm
 
Prayer for our President and Elected Officials:  http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/Prayerforpresidentandpublicofficials.htm