All states are required to make an effort to inform the electorate about upcoming elections. States are supposed to notify its citizenry on where and when elections will be held and how to cast a ballot.
California state law additionally requires that a voter information pamphlet be mailed to each registered voter household. The state law also requires that the information be provided in an audio recorded version and over the Internet.
The voter information guide contains the following:
- An explanation of the electoral procedures for all offices on the ballot.
- Detailed information regarding all ballot measures.
- The Voter Bill of Rights.
- Information on U.S. Senate candidates.
California also provides a sample ballot to make voting as easy as possible.
If you are like me, the voter information guide can be a lot of material to digest and, in the final analysis, not always very helpful.
It is important to find out as much as possible about candidates and propositions, but it is not always clear given the nature of our political world. What to do and how to vote is usually a conundrum for voters.
One thing that is helpful is to use the Bible as our Primary Voter Information Guide. We should always endeavor to use scripture to guide us whenever possible. Psalm 119:105 says that “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” If there is ever a time when we need guidance, surely, voting would qualify.
The Bible also says that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. I would think voting would qualify as a good work to do.
So, it would stand to reason that the Word of God would be an excellent voter information guide when it comes to voting.
For example, the Bible is definitively “pro-life”. Therefore, it would be wise to those who believe in the authority of God’s Word would vote accordingly. I know that it is not always that easy and that there are other considerations, but it’s a start.
So as the November elections roll around, remember to consult our primary voter information guide… the Word of God.
Something to think about…