Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, reminds us that, as Christians, we have an obligation to vote. Bishop Curry goes on to say that we must cast our vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on our biases, but based on our values – the values of human dignity and equality.
Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.
With the ever-looming threat of COVID-19 hanging over everything we do, please begin thinking now about how you will vote this year. If you are concerned about being in a crowd, or don’t want to stand in line, I encourage you to vote absentee, either in person or by mail. You no longer need a reason to vote absentee in Virginia. Please note these important dates for absentee voting for the 2020 General Election:
- September 18: First absentee ballot mailout
- September 18: Early voting/absentee in-person voting begins at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA
- October 13: Voter Registration Deadline (In Person/By Mail) 5:00 p.m.; online: 11:59 p.m.
- October 23: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, fax and online: 5:00 p.m.
- October 31: Final day to vote absentee early/in-person, 5:00 pm
- November 6: Deadline to return your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections: 12:00 noon. Ballot must be postmarked by November 3
Other times and locations in Fairfax County for in-person absentee voting have yet to be announced.
- Click here to go to the Fairfax County Office of Elections webpage
- Click here to register to vote: (this link will take you to the Virginia Department of Elections web site)
- Click here to check your voter registration status, update your voter record, or apply to vote absentee: (this link will take you to the Virginia Department of Elections web site)
Loving God, we give thanks for the right to vote. Help us to hold this privilege and responsibility with the care and awareness it merits, realizing that our vote matters and that it is an act of faith. Amen.