As Christians, we are called to play a part in choosing our elected leaders. The United Church of Christ says:
The problems in our world often seem too big to confront. We see injustice every day and feel that change can’t or won’t happen. But our faith is infused with hope and built on a foundation of action. By serving the vulnerable, feeding the hungry, and standing in solidarity with the oppressed, we serve as God’s hands.
Voting is a natural extension of faithful action. The decisions made by our representatives have a wide reaching impact. We have enormous potential to make positive change. We must engage our legislators, vote, and encourage everyone in our communities to do the same.
Our faithful voice is needed. It is tempting to disengage from the political process. As people dedicated to creating a just world for all, we know we must be involved.
Make your plan:
1. Register/Check Your Registration - 10/05 is the deadline to register in Florida [Next Monday]
To register online in Florida, visit https://registertovoteflorida.gov/eligibilityreactive
To check your registration (is your registration still active? Is your info correct?) https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus
For information on deadlines in other states, visit https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/state-elections/state-election-dates-deadlines.htm
2. Determine Your Method of Voting
Vote By Mail - ballot must be requested by 10/24 (but don’t wait that long), returned by
To request a mail in ballot, visit https://www.votepinellas.com/VoteByMail
To return a mail in ballot:
October 1 – November 2: Drop Off at the Supervisor of Elections County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Pete, any day, 7 am – 7 pm (additional locations in Largo and Clearwater)
October 13: Recommended deadline to return by pre-paid mail.
October 19 - November 2: Drop Off at Remote Ballot Drop Off Locations [closest to the church is the St. Pete Beach Public Library] https://www.votepinellas.com/Election-Information/Ballot-Drop-off-Locations
Remember to sign your ballot return envelope and to check its receipt at https://www.votepinellas.com/Mail-Ballots/Check-My-Mail-Ballot-Status
Vote Early - 10/19-11/0, 7 am - 7 pm
Supervisor of Elections Office - County Building - 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33701
SPC Allstate Center - 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg, 33733
Additional locations at https://www.votepinellas.com/Election-Information/Early-Voting
Vote on Election Day - 11/03
Find your polling place https://www.votepinellas.com/Election-Information/Find-Your-Precinct-Polling-Place
3. Educate Yourself, and Cast Your Ballot
Information on issues from the UCC: https://www.ucc.org/ourfaithourvote_issue_education_2020
League of Women Voters Pinellas Nonpartisan Voters Guide: https://vote.lwvspa.org/election-guide/
In Florida, there are six proposed constitutional amendments, and a county referendum. Visit https://www.votepinellas.com/Election-Information/Find-Your-Precinct-Polling-Place and enter your address to see a sample ballot.
Your voice is needed—we urge all our PAGBCC souls to get to the polls!
Rev. Dr. Guillermo Márquez-Sterling