Analysis of religious voters in last night’s elections presents a complex picture of the role of faith in politics in 2012. Below are key findings from national exit polls and exit polls in key states, followed by religious context affecting the election.
President Obama won the Catholic vote by a 2-point margin, 50%-48%. This victory lags behind his 54%-45% advantage among Catholics in 2008 but precisely mirrors the president’s overall 2012 margin of victory. Mitt Romney won white Catholics by a 19-point margin, 59%-40%, an improvement on John McCain’s 52%-47% advantage in 2008. Those who attend religious services weekly or more often favored Romney by a 15-point margin, 57%-42%. Those who attend less often favored President Obama 56%-42%, nearly identical to his 57%-42% advantage among these voters in 2008. Twenty-five percent of 2012 voters were Catholics, and 27% of voters in 2008 were Catholics. Catholics have sided with the winner of the popular vote in every presidential election since 1972.
Nationwide, white evangelical voters favored Romney by a 57-point margin, 78%-21%, a 4-point improvement upon John McCain’s 74%-24% advantage in 2008. However, this change mirrors President Obama’s decreased support among white voters overall.
White evangelical voters comprised 26% of the electorate this year, an identical share to 2008 despite a massive, well-publicized effort by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition to turn out conservative evangelicals in record numbers.
OHIO — In the most heavily contested state, President Obama improved upon his 2008 performance among white evangelicals. In 2008, white evangelicals favored John McCain by a 71%-27% margin. Last night they favored Romney by a smaller margin, 70%-29%. These results are particularly noteworthy because Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition focused heavily on Ohio. Reed did not deliver the results he predicted in the most crucial state for Republicans. Thirty-one percent of Ohio voters this year were white evangelicals, as compared with 30% in 2008. In 2008, the President lost Ohio Catholics, 52%-47%. This year, he lost them by a 54%-44% margin.
COLORADO — Colorado white evangelicals’ candidate preferences (77% for Romney, 22% for President Obama) aligned closely with white evangelicals nationwide, a small change from McCain’s 76%-23% advantage and less of a swing than the white vote overall. White evangelicals made up 25 percent of the state’s electorate in 2012, compared to 21 percent in 2008.
VIRGINIA — White evangelicals favored Mitt Romney over President Obama by a margin of 82% to 18%, compared to John McCain’ 79%-20% advantage in 2008. White evangelicals comprised a declining share of the state’s electorate, decreasing from 28% in 2008 to 23% in 2012.
Last night three states passed ballot initiatives in favor of same-sex marriage, and a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage was defeated in Minnesota. Religious crosstabs are not yet available. Support for same-sex marriage has increased among every religious demographic in recent years, but before last night opponents had won all 32 state-level ballot question on the issue. Supporters of marriage for same-sex couples conducted extensive outreach and messaging to the faith community, and religious opponents also invested heavily into these campaigns.
In Florida and California, faith-based community organizing groups mounted victorious campaigns against anti-tax ballot initiatives. PICO National network affiliates helped advance sound fiscal policies that reject austerity and ask the wealthy to pay their fair share. In Florida, voters resoundingly rejected by a 58% to 42% margin Question 3, a constitutional amendment that would have decimated public education and social services in the state. And in California by a 54% to 46% margin, voters approved Prop 30, which will raise an estimated $6 billion in revenue for schools and social services in the state through a tax increase on people earning over $250,000 and a small temporary increase in the sales tax. The clergy and congregations of PICO organizations played key roles in these fights, contacting over 1.6 million voters.
With unemployment hovering near 8%, the political environment was much more challenging for President Obama than in 2008. While his share of key religious demographics declined, his overall margin of victory was also smaller. He also faced highly organized conservative religious opposition.
The battle for the Catholic vote was particularly fierce, and the slim margin of victory Obama achieved with Catholics reflect that sharp division. “A diverse coalition of social justice Catholics, especially Latinos, helped tip the scales this year,” said John Gehring, Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life. “While bishops doubled down against same sex marriage and demonized President Obama as an enemy of religious liberty, they were clearly out of touch with many Catholics. If the GOP has some reflecting to do about its inability to reach an increasingly multicultural country, Catholic leaders could benefit from similar soul searching when it comes to their own diverse flock.”
U.S. Catholic bishops mounted a highly politicized confrontation with the Obama administration over contraception coverage and religious liberty. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched a nationwide, two-week “religious freedom” campaign over the summer that made national headlines as part of their fight against the Obama administration’s contraception coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. In Kansas, the state’s Catholic bishops sponsored a rally at the state capitol that featured Republican Governor Sam Brownback. Shortly before the election, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL, and Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, IL, issued statements implying that voting for Democrats put Catholics’ salvation at risk.
However, other Catholic leaders declined to take part in the bishops’ offensive and mobilized around economic issues. Catholic nuns responded strongly to Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s erroneous claim that his federal budget plan — which includes steep cuts to programs for the poor such as Medicaid and food stamps, as well as tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans — was consistent with Catholic social teaching.
NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice group led by Sister Simone Campbell, organized “Nuns on the Bus”, a nine-state tour through Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states highlighting the work of Catholic-sponsored social service agencies that serve those on the economic margins and stand to be harmed by Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal.
With tremendous grassroots support and media attention across America (and additional tours in the following months through Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Virginia, New York and Michigan), “Nuns on the Bus” successfully reaffirmed the unique contribution of women religious to America’s social fabric and refocused the public debate on the critical moral choices facing voters in November’s presidential election and beyond. These efforts highlighted the religious aspect of the economic and fiscal debates that dominated the Presidential campaigns.
On the Religious Right, Ralph Reed boasted that his Faith and Freedom Coalition would register and turn out record numbers of socially conservative Christians on election, turning the tide for Mitt Romney. While his efforts received copious media attention, evidence of results are lacking. White evangelicals’ share of the electorate was identical to 2008, and their movement toward Romney mirrored that of white voters as a whole.
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Over 100 Faith Leaders Call on Governors to Fulfill Moral Responsibility to Protect Poor and Vulnerable
Today a diverse coalition of national and state faith leaders held a press teleconference and released a statement from over 100 faith leaders calling on governors to put the well-being of their constituents ahead of political ideology and ensure millions of Americans receive the coverage they deserve through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion plan. The full audio recording of the call is available here.
Governors across the country have announced their intentions to obstruct the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion plan, potentially leaving millions of vulnerable Americans without vital, life-saving healthcare coverage. While the expansion is designed to provide insurance to millions of hardworking Americans who are caught in a coverage gap, governors’ refusal to accept the expansion plan will leave these low-income individuals and families with nowhere to turn for their most basic healthcare needs.
“The faith community is calling on these governors to put the health of their constituents before their immoral political ideology, said Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director of Faith in Public Life. “Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid will save lives and alleviate suffering for poor families without straining state budgets. It’s unconscionable that politicians would even consider refusing to accept it.”
“I call on all governors to expand Medicaid coverage in order to save thousands of lives,” said Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and organizer of the recent “Nuns on the Bus” tour. “My strong support of Medicaid expansion comes out of my pro-life stance because it is the right and moral thing to do.”
“For decades our faith communities have been at the heart of promoting meaning health care reform, including the Medicaid program which gives access to those who are poor and most vulnerable in our nation,” said Linda Hanna Walling, Executive Director of Faithful Reform in Healthcare. “The Affordable Care Act is the first time our country successfully made a national legislative commitment in support of quality affordable health care for all. By expanding Medicaid in this historic legislation, we are more completely addressing the original intent of Medicaid and fulfilling our moral imperative to assist those who are poor and sick.
“My faith tells me to be a blessing, ‘Blesseth are those that consider the poor’. Our society, yes even our nation, will be judged on how we care for the least of them among us.” said Rev. Rayfield Burns of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist in Kansas City, Missouri, and member of PICO affiliate Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO).
“More than 400,000 Virginians stand to gain health insurance through Medicaid expansion,” said Elder Marco A. Grimaldo, CEO & President of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. “In the near term, this expansion will be almost completely paid for by the federal government, and in 2017 Virginia will chip in $1 for every $9 the federal government contributes. We spend very little on Medicaid benefits in Virginia, so if we refuse to accept the expansion thousands of Virginians will be unable to access affordable care. Ignoring their unmet needs is immoral.”
“Nine Republican Governors have indicated their intention to reject the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, placing coverage for over 5 million vulnerable people at risk. These people are our neighbors and colleagues,” said Melissa Boteach, Director of Half-in-Ten. “They are often the workers who are cleaning our offices, preparing our food, or caring for our aging parents. States have a responsibility to ensure that all of their citizens are able to access the promise of affordable health coverage. It’s time to put people above politics.”
Co-sponsored by PICO National Network, Half-in-Ten, the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress and Faith in Public Life, leaders on the call unequivocally urged governors to not put political posturing ahead of the needs of America’s most vulnerable people.
Statement and signatories available here. A full recording of today’s press call is also available here.
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Statement from over 60 Leaders Calls for Tax Fairness in Advance of Vote to Extend Bush-Era Tax Breaks for Wealthiest Americans
More than 60 Christian leaders and prominent theologians released a letter today calling on Congress to extend the improved Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which keep food on the table for millions of families and are among our nation’s most effective anti-poverty policies. The letter, released by faith leaders on Capitol Hill this morning, calls on Congress to put the needs of working families before ideological agendas that favor the wealthiest Americans.
In advance of the U.S. House of Representatives vote to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, faith leaders call on Congress to recognize that the choices they make reflect the values of our nation and have serious consequences for struggling families. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have also previously denounced efforts to dismantle tax credits that keep working families out of poverty.
“The food budget is usually the first thing families cut when times get tough, but tax credits like the EITC and CTC help struggling families put food on the table and make ends meet,” said David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World and World Food Prize laureate. “It is morally unjust that lawmakers consider drastic cuts to tax credits that are vital to hungry families while wealthy people retain reduced rates for their income over $250,000 and estates as large as $10 million are exempt from taxation. We urge Congress to protect programs that help people lift themselves out of poverty, and not balance the budget on the backs of people who were not responsible for our deficit to begin with.”
“A budget is a moral document. That phrase was coined by the faith community and has become a refrain in the ongoing debates over deficits and budgets. But in this week’s House vote on extending the Bush era tax cuts, we see one more example of the priorities and principles of the broader GOP budget and how they apply to the rich and to the poor,’” said Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners. “Because of this, we must conclude that the Republican budget is an immoral document. I certainly don’t believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it’s time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.”
“Congress has the ability to enact common-sense legislation that would keep an additional 1.6 million people out of poverty, and it is immoral that they would choose not to do so,” said Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK. “We need Congress to stand up for what’s right, not protect the interests of the wealthiest two percent. As a Catholic sister, I stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling on Congress to work together and extend the improved tax credits instead of dismantling basic protections for poor and vulnerable people.”
“Everyday, I am amazed by the single mothers and hardworking couples in neighborhoods like North Lawndale in Chicago, or Oak Cliff in Dallas where I was this past week, that are struggling in these tough economic times. Let’s not make their load even heavier by eliminating the important tax credits they receive to help them to keep moving forward.” said Rev. Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association.
“As people of faith, we believe that our government should serve its entire people and not just the wealthiest few,” said Rev. Michael Harrison, president of the Ohio Baptist State Convention and chairman of the board of the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, a federation of the PICO National Network. “The bottom line is that failure to extend refundable tax credits will hurt millions of families who rely on credits such as Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit to meet basic needs.”
The full statement from 60 faith leaders is below and online here.
As Christian leaders, we believe that our nation’s tax policies are fundamentally about values and priorities. Our religious tradition provides a vision for responsible government that serves the common good, not simply the privileged few. This requires those who have succeeded the most to pay their fair share of taxes. It also requires our commitment to public education, quality health care, vital infrastructure investments and programs that protect poor and vulnerable people. Congress will soon vote on tax measures that will have a profound impact on working families and the poor.
We are deeply opposed to any proposal that fails to extend the crucial improvements made in 2009 to refundable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. These tax credits help families meet basic needs, reduce poverty, and remove barriers to work. It is hypocritical for lawmakers who talk about family values to abandon improvements in these effective, family-supporting programs. Failing to extend the improved tax credits would jeopardize the economic security and well-being of more than 15 million families and more than 36 million children within those families. This is simply unconscionable.
We are also deeply concerned that some leaders in Washington who oppose extending these improved tax credits are at the same time calling for an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest few. Favoring the wealthiest 2% over working families is irresponsible public policy that fails a basic moral test. We are not economists or tax experts. But this debate is about more than dry statistics or competing fiscal theories. Ultimately, these choices reflect our values and reveal our priorities as a nation. We urge Members of Congress to put families and workers before ideological agendas that favor the powerful.
Mark J. Allman, Religious Theological Studies Department, Merrimack College
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
Gerald J. Beyer, Associate Professor of Theology, Saint Joseph’s University
Joanna Brooks, Progressive Mormon author
Bishop John R. Bryant, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director, Faith in Public Life
Nicholas P. Cafardi, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern University
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network
Rev. Noel Castellanos, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Community Development Association
Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Editor in Chief, America Magazine
Richard Cizik, President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Rev. John A. Coleman, S.J., Associate Pastor, St. Ignatius Parish, San Francisco
M. Shawn Copeland, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
Rev. Chuck Currie, Minister, Sunnyside Church and University Park Church, Portland, Oregon
Nancy Dallavalle, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
Paula Clayton Dempsey, Minister for Partnership Relations, Alliance for Baptists
Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International
Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF, President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Stillman Professor for Roman Catholic Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Rev. Michael Harrison, President, Ohio Baptist State Convention
Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel, Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary
Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed
John Inglis, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Cross-appointed to Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelly, S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies, Fairfield University
Rev. Michael Livingston, Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative
Sr. Gayle Lwanga Crumbley, RGS, National Coordinator, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Kathleen Maas Weigert, Assistant to the Provost for Social Justice Initiatives, Loyola University, Chicago
Rev. Steven D. Martin, Executive Director, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Professor of Theological Ethics, Marquette University
Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, PICO National Network
Gene McCarraher, Associate Professor of Humanities, Villanova University
Sr. Patricia McDermott, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Rev. Brian McLaren, Evangelical writer and speaker
Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA
Alex Mikulich, Assistant Professor, Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University, New Orleans
Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC
David O’Brien, University Professor of Faith and Culture, University of Dayton
William L. Portier, Chair of Catholic Theology, University of Dayton
Christopher Pramuk, Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati
Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Stephen F. Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
Ron Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
Anthony B. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
John Sniegocki, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Xavier University, Cincinnati
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology and former President, Chicago Theological Seminary
Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology and Chair, Theology Department, Fordham University, Bronx
Bishop Edgar L. Vann, Second Ebeneezer Church, Detroit
Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada
Todd Whitmore, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
Barbara Williams-Skinner, Founder, Skinner Leadership Institute
Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church
Tobias Winright, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Saint Louis University
Aidsand Wright-Riggins, III, Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
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Washington, DC – Today, a group of 46 American Christian leaders issued an open letter expressing solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Ugandans in the face of “increased bigotry and hatred.” The letter, coordinated by Faith in Public Life, Human Rights First and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, comes as a new Political Research Associates report released today accuses, among others, evangelicals such as Pat Robertson, Catholics and Mormons of setting up campaigns and fronts in Africa designed to press for anti-gay laws.
Today’s letter from U.S. religious leaders, including former U.S. Ambassador to Uganda and the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good Rich Cizik, and Soujourners President Jim Wallis, mobilizes Christian voices against rhetoric and actions in Uganda that demonize and criminalize homosexuality. In the letter, Christian leaders from across the United States, including prominent Catholics and Evangelicals, seek to establish that Christian beliefs are in direct conflict with the serious rights abuses perpetrated against LGBT people in Uganda.
The Christian leaders write: “Regardless of the diverse theological views of our religious traditions regarding the morality of homosexuality, the criminalization of homosexuality, along with the violence and discrimination against LGBT people that inevitably follows, is incompatible with the teachings of our faith.”
They also note that: “As American Christians we recognize that groups and leaders within our own country have been implicated in efforts to spread prejudice and discrimination in Uganda. We urge our Christian brothers and sisters in Uganda to resist the false arguments, debunked long ago, that LGBT people pose an inherent threat to our children and our societies. LGBT people exist in every country and culture, and we must learn to live in peace together to ensure the freedom of all, especially when we may disagree. We condemn misguided actions that have led to increased bigotry and hatred of LGBT people in Uganda that debases the inherent dignity of all humans created in the image of our Maker. Such treatment degrades the human family, threatens the common good, and defies the teachings of our Lord – wherever it occurs.”
“It’s important for Ugandans to know that not all Evangelical and Catholic leaders think LGBT people should be criminals,” says Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate, “This letter from prominent American Christians is a crucial step in our efforts to introduce Ugandans to more positive and loving Christian messages in contrast to the harmful rhetoric from our own pastors that only leads to more violence and hate.”
Sentiments contained in today’s letter will also be at the core of lobbying efforts occurring in Washington, DC this week as part of the 19th International AIDS Conference. In that effort, faith leaders and activists from 15 primarily African countries will spend Wednesday, July 25 in meetings with administration officials and Members of Congress to express the need for bipartisan support to address serious human rights violations, including hate crimes, and challenges posed to HIV/AIDS prevention stemming from laws that criminalize homosexuality. These leaders and activists plan to hand deliver copies of the American Christian leaders’ letter to administration officials and Members of Congress.
In approximately 76 countries, consensual intimate same-sex conduct is criminalized. In Uganda, a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill in its current version still includes the possibility of the death penalty in certain cases, and would criminalize any speech or actions the government might deem too positive about LGBT people. It could also criminalize HIV/AIDS and other health services that serve Uganda’s LGBT community. The legislation currently under consideration was first introduced in 2009, eventually tabled after widespread domestic and international pressure, but then re-introduced in the new parliament earlier this year.
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***For full audio of today’s press conference, click here***
In a press call today, clergy leaders in key states such as Missouri, Ohio, Minnesota and Florida announced an unprecedented voter-contact effort that will mobilize 1 million people of faith to vote for economic justice this November. The call was organized by PICO National Network, the largest faith-based community organizing group in the country.
“There is a growing sense of moral outrage among people of faith who see working families losing their homes, their jobs, their health care and their retirement savings,” said Gordon Whitman, director of policy, PICO National Network.
Whitman added that clergy see the pain of families up close, and they are compelled by those stories and their sacred teachings to offer moral leadership in this critical election season.
Under the voter-contact effort, known as the “Land of Opportunity” campaign, PICO faith leaders pledge to reach out to under-represented communities and register 75,000 new voters. By November, the coordinated mobilization will contact 1 million religious voters.
This week thousands of clergy in 10 states are holding events to unveil civic engagement plans preparing for the election. Clergy will work on a number of issues and ballot initiatives, including capping payday loans in Missouri, fighting back a dangerous budget cap that puts schools and essential community services at risk in Florida, and protecting voting rights in Minnesota. Clergy will engage their congregations and communities in events such as trainings, rallies, and voter registration drives.
“Economic fairness and opportunity for American families are the top moral priorities for religious voters in the 2012 election,” said Jennifer Butler, executive director of Faith in Public Life, a strategy center that works with faith organizations. “Religious voters care about making ends meet, ensuring that everyone has a fair shot, and making sure the poor and vulnerable aren’t left in utter destitution.”
Rev. Errol Thompson, pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, spoke about his commitment to fighting Amendment 3, which would create a new state revenue limit based on a flawed formula.
“Instead of strengthening families and communities, Amendment 3 deepens cuts to schools, healthcare, public safety and senior services. Making tough times even tougher in this difficult economy, it places a greater burden on families at a time when they can least afford it. As clergy concerned about our state’s families and communities, we oppose Amendment 3,” said Rev. Thompson.
The Rev. Paul Slack from New Creation Church in Minneapolis said that as a member of the clergy, he became involved with the efforts to defeat an amendment that would require state ID to vote, because he has to oppose any measure that would further disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority populations.
“The right to vote should be a basic human right. Everyone should have the opportunity to vote and work to make Minnesota a better place,” he said.
The launch events for the “Land of Opportunity” campaign are being held in Orlando, FL; Aurora, CO; St. Paul, MN; Las Cruces, NM; Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Reno, NV; Flint, MI and New Orleans, LA.
PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.
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