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Faith, Elections, and our Democracy

Elections 2020

January 2, 2020


Active and informed citizen participation in the political and electoral process is essential to the proper functioning of government. - The World We Seek: FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy

Baltimore voters cast their ballots during early voting 2014.

Jay Baker

Engaging in the 2020 Elections

What candidates hear during the 2020 election season will shape public policy for years to come.

How we ask the questions is equally important. Our tone in asking questions and the respect with which we listen to the response make a difference in whether candidates – or even our neighbors – see us as adversaries or people seeking solutions. Even when we disagree with a candidate’s perspective, personally engaging in a civil exchange, can leave the door open for future conversation and transformation.

As people of faith, it is important that we participate in elections. When people don’t vote, our democracy is weakened.

Faithfully engaging candidates now helps put our issues on their radars and gives you an opening to follow up after Election Day, once successful candidates have turned to the business of governing.

Many of you are already involved in the 2020 elections, as volunteers and in efforts to increase voter registration and turnout. These are also critical ways of shaping our government for the coming years.

The 2020 election is important—and it’s also just one point in the process of political change. Changing U.S. policies to advance the world we seek takes persistence and focus, before, during, and after an election. It takes an ability to adapt to changing circumstances, paired with a clarity of purpose and principle, and a sense of what can and can’t be compromised.

Faithfully engaging candidates now helps put our issues on their radars and gives you an opening to follow up after Election Day, once successful candidates have turned to the business of governing.

The challenges facing our country won’t be solved by one election— but the way you take part in our democracy during the election makes a difference in how those problems will be solved.

Background Elections 2020 

As Quakers, we have worked to influence government for almost as long as there have been Friends. This year, we encourage you to use the 2020 elections to talk to your neighbors about the priorities of our FCNL community, reach out to political candidates, ask them questions, and influence their agendas.