Today is the last Sunday to Distribute Voter Guides before the election! Most Saint Lucie County churches and some Indian River County churches received packets of the Florida Christian Coalition Voter Guide. Each packet also contains a letter to the pastor explaining the voter guides and the Biblical reasons for informing church members of what the Bible says about issues and where the candidates stand on the issues. (Read a copy of the letter here: http://bryanlongworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/20101028-Pastors-Voter-Guide-Letter.pdf.) St Lucie County churches also received one copy of the St. Lucie County Christian Coalition Voter Guide to duplicate for their congregation. Please distribute voter guides in church today.
Distributing Non-Partisan Voter Guides is Legal
Churches may pass out non-partisan voter guides (such as the Christian Coalition voter guides) and may take positions supporting or opposing constitutional amendments and legislation without jeopardizing their 501C3 tax exempt status. Visit (http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=16245#pastors) to learn what pastors and churches can legally do in regards to voter registration, voter guides, and other activities.
Voter Guide Links
Below are links to voter guides and my recommendations for the FL Supreme Court and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th District Court of Appeals. In each, I explain the rationale behind my recommendations. Please note that my Judicial voter guide is partisan. As such, distributing this information in churches would violate the Johnson Amendment to the IRS 501c3 code. Anyone considering passing out partisan voter guides in church, should contact the Alliance Defense Fund prior to doing so at http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/.
Non-Partisan Florida and Local Christian Coalition Voter Guides are Ready for Distribution! http://bryanlongworth.com/2010/10/19/florida-and-local-christian-coalition-voter-guides-are-ready-for-distribution/
Florida Constitutional Amendment Recommendations http://bryanlongworth.com/2010/10/16/florida-constitutional-amendment-recomendations/
Florida Supreme Court and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th District Court of Appeals Judges Up for Retention http://bryanlongworth.com/2010/10/21/florida-supreme-court-and-4th-district-court-of-appeals-judges-up-for-retention/
Saint Lucie County League of Women Voters’ Decision 2010 General Election Forum Video: http://stluciefl.iqm2.com/Citizens/VideoScreen.aspx?MediaURL=mms://Media2.IQM2.com/a1607/o21/StLucieFL/1742.wmv
Martin County Political Forum Audio: http://www.wpsl.com/audio/Martin%20County%20Forum%2010-6-10.MP3
Martin County Values Voters Should Vote NO on Appointed School Superintendent by Chuck Winn: http://www.redcounty.com/content/guest-column-martin-county-values-voters-should-vote-no-appointed-superintendent-chuck-winn