By: Rev. Greg Batson

One of the hallmarks of our nation is the freedom of religion enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This freedom has guaranteed all citizens the right to worship God according to their own conscience and tradition. But this separation of church and state does not mean there is no interaction between the two. We have a responsibility as both Christians and citizens to exercise our right to vote for our elected leaders, for “the strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens” (The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2016, par.164(b), p. 138).

The upcoming election on November 3rd has already generated much anxiety and debate. Each state is planning for record turnouts in this midst of a pandemic, resulting in fewer in-person polling places and a greater emphasis on mail-in voting. Information how to cast your vote is critical this year. Fortunately, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters is well-prepared to meet this challenge. Michael Vu, Registrar, recently presented this information to faith-based organizations in San Diego County that I personally found reassuring.

Therefore, I highly recommend you visit the Registrar of Voters website: sdvote.com. It is filled with accurate information about how to ensure your vote is counted safely in this upcoming election. Answers to questions about voter registration, ballots, polling places, and other election information can be found on this site.

Your choices as a voter, for both whom and what, are your own. But your participation in the process is vital, for every vote and every voice counts. Make your plans now to exercise your freedom and right to vote.

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