Members of healthcare sharing ministries are a unique breed. We are determined to protect our individual liberties, and yet we have committed ourselves to sharing with this community. These two behaviors may seem incongruous to some, but we believe they go hand in hand. For many of us, it is our individual freedom that compels us to share with others as they share with us. We want others to remain free as well. Participating in elections is one of the main ways we preserve and protect our unalienable rights.
Healthcare sharing is a truly American thing. Since colonial times, the people who have called this land their home have revered freedom, individualism, and self-determination. In keeping with these values, throughout her entire 240-year history this nation has held free and peaceful elections. From local town councils and boards to the office of President, adult Americans are given the opportunity to participate in elections, voting to either stay the course or change directions. And so, as November 8th approaches, our question to you is this: will you let your voice be heard?
A quick disclaimer: As a 501(c)3 organization, Liberty HealthShare is prohibited from endorsing any candidates. Going beyond issues of legality, we know our members are smart, and that many of you are already wisely engaging with this election season. We simply wish to encourage you to participate.
Here are just a couple tips for you as election day draws near:
- Confirm your registration. The deadlines have passed in most states, but if you are unsure of your status, you should contact your local (town or county) Board of Elections by phone or online. Make sure your name and address are listed correctly and that you know where to go on Election Day, November 8th. Also, make sure your ID is valid as you may be required to show it at the polls.
- Vote early or request an absentee ballot. If you are not sure you will be able to vote on Tuesday, November 8th, request, fill out, and return an absentee ballot request or find a location for early voting in your community.
- Do some research. Federal-level elections receive a lot of attention and create the most noise, but ballot initiatives and town, county, and state-level elections are also crucial. Your state’s Secretary of State (or Commonwealth) website will have listed all offices and issues that are up for a vote. We encourage you to review candidate and issue campaign websites to learn more, or take an extra step and attend a campaign event.
- Work on election day for your Board of Elections. Your local Board of Elections is most assuredly looking for assistance. Training is minimal and you will be assisting people in casting their votes while ensuring a fair and free election. Plus, you can earn a stipend for participating and you’ll get to meet your neighbors!
Again, we have no desire to tell our members who they should be voting for in any election. We do, however, want to encourage you to vote - and to vote your conscience. For more on that, you can read our blog post from last month, in which we introduced you to Pastor Jim Garlow's book, Well Versed.
Our right to vote is truly a privilege. We owe it to the memory of those who sacrificed to found our nation, as well as those who have defended it throughout our history, to participate and let our voices be heard.