Responsibilities

Citizen Christians act right, love what is right, and seek to walk rightly by following Christ without looking for the platitudes of man (Micah 6:8). God calls His people to engage the secular culture with scriptural truths.  We are disobedient when we keep our faith to ourselves.  Jesus said we are to be “salt” and light.” (Matthew 5:16).  We must let our faith season all we are and all we do, including our participation in the market place as well as in the dialogue of thoughts and ideas in the public square.  In America, we have more than a right to let our faith shine forth; we have an obligation.

Register and vote:

The Christian’s concern for citizenship is not a matter merely of understanding, but also of acting.  The final test of our citizenship is not what we think and say, but what we do.  Your vote is important, so you need to register to vote.  Voter registration cards are available for you to fill out and send in.

Do your Homework:

The Christian Citizen should do their homework.  Issues should be identified and reasonably understood.  Three areas of basic understanding would be as follows:

  1. The politician as a person.  Who is he, who are his supporters, what is his voting record, etc.
  2. What are the issues.  What groups are involved for and against the issues.  Does the issue reflect your values.
  3. Determine who the main decision makers are and what level of government is dealing with the issue.

Communicate with Decision Makers:    

Letters should be kept short and to the point.  Letters should be faxed.  They should share your opinion and provide information.

See a Sample of letter 


Tips For Communicating To Elected Officials

You are often asked to participate in this democratic process by contacting your state and federal officials and expressing your opinion on legislative issues. Here are a few suggestions to consider before addressing a bill or issue with your legislators:

  • Before contacting your legislator, pray that you will be able to communicate your message in the right spirit so that it will be well received.
  • Determine the voting districts you live in and Identify Your Elected Officials.
  • The person who answers the legislator’s phone is often an office assistant or staff member. Treat them with respect.
  • When speaking to an official, be kind, courteous and remember to say, “Thank you” for their time.
  • When you contact them on tough issues, share your feelings and give a reasonable explanation for your conviction.
  • Know the subject matter, the number of the bill, if applicable, and be able to state your position in two to three minutes.
  • A good rule of thumb is “one contact – one issue.”

Identify Your Elected Officials, will help you find out who your elected officials are. Then, determine the most effective form of communication by asking someone in their office. Some do not utilize e-mail, but they ALL talk on the phone, read letters, and visit with their constituents—thus the three best ways to contact them.

 

 

 

Links

Identify Your Hart County Elected Officials

Hart County Commissioners

Board of Education - Republican

        


(MVP) My Voter Page

  • Voter registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll Location
  • Early Voting Locations
  • Elected Officials
  • Registration information on file with the county office
  • Sample ballot for the upcoming election            
 

Voting Information

Voter Registration
Have you recently moved from another state or to another area within Georgia and need to register to vote?  No worries.  Just click here and in three easy steps you can complete, print, and mail voter registration form!


What is the U.S. Electoral College?

 

Contacting your Legislator

State AND Federal Representatives and Senators
To determine who your State AND Federal Legislators are, go here and enter your address or 5-digit zip code and select GO

How do they VOTE?  List of current legislation and how US Congress voted on issues.

 

Vote your Values

Election Day 101

Voting FAQ’s

Where do I vote?

Every voter is assigned a specific polling place for Election Day. All polling places are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Your polling place location is indicated on your voter registration card. If you no longer have a voter registration card, have recently changed your voter registration information, or need further assistance in identifying your polling place location, click here to check your polling place. Or, contact your county’s Board of Registrars. Complete contact information for all Georgia counties by clicking here.

What should I bring to the polls?

When you check in at the polls, you must provide an approved form of photo ID.

§                    Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID

§                    A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired

§                    A valid U.S. passport

§                    A valid employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia

§                    A valid U.S. military ID card

§                    A valid tribal photo ID

If you do not have any of the above photo identification, a voter ID card is available free of charge from your local county registration office. Click here for more information.

Can I be turned away at the polls?

NO.

As long as you show up at your polling place during voting hours, you must be allowed to vote there, whether or not your name is on the list of voters. If you are not listed as a registered voter at that polling place, you can still vote with a provisional ballot. Once you have been confirmed as a registered voter, your ballot will be counted. Can I vote before Election Day?
In Georgia, there are two options for individuals who wish to vote prior to Election Day: absentee ballot and advance voting. Absentee ballot
For more information about obtaining an absentee ballot, when absentee ballots will be available, and deadlines for returning an absentee ballot, click here.

Advance Voting & Absentee Voting

Advance voting allows Georgia’s voters to vote in person prior to the actual election during regular business hours at his or her County Board of Registrar’s Office. In order to vote early, you will be required to complete an application and provide one sufficient form of identification. You will then be able to cast a ballot; however you will NOT be able to cast another ballot on Election Day.

Georgia citizens may also vote by an Absentee ballot. Voters may request a ballot form the country registrar’s office which will the be mail to the voter. Absentee ballots must be fill out correctly and returned to the registrar’s office before election day.

Do I need to join a political party?

Georgia voters are not required to declare any political party when registering to vote. However, in order to cast a ballot in a primary election, the voter must tell the poll officer in which party’s primary he or she wishes to vote in order to receive the correct ballot. The desired party ballot must also be specified when requesting an absentee ballot for a primary election. Once a voter requests a ballot for one party’s primary election, the decision is binding for that primary election – and any runoff of the primary – only. The voter is not required to vote for that party’s candidate in the subsequent general election and may make a different party choice in the next primary election.

How do I ensure I am registered?

In Georgia, before you can vote, you need to register. You may register to vote at any time; however, in order to vote in an election, you must register by the deadline set for that election (typically the close of business 30 days prior to Election Day).

A registration form can be obtained at any public library, county courthouse, city hall, or other permanent registration site in the state. Voter registration forms can also be printed from the
Secretary of State’s website. Registration forms may also be used to submit a change of address or name change in the voter registration file. Click here to verify that your information is correct.

How do I update my address if I have moved?

It’s easy! Simply fill out a voter registration form and provide your previous information at the bottom of the form in Section 6. It’s easy and free - don’t let this simple step be a reason you can’t express your voice on Election Day! Click here to download the registration form.

§                    If you move within the same county in which you are registered to vote and don’t notify the registrar at least 30 days prior to an election, you may vote in your old polling place for that election.

§                    If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote within 30 days of an election, you may vote in your old precinct for that election.

§                    If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote in excess of 30 days prior to an election, you have lost your eligibility to vote in the county of your old residence. You must register to vote in your new county of residence. If you don’t register to vote by the deadline, you cannot vote in that particular election.

Are children allowed in the Voting Booth?

YES! This is a wonderful way to teach your children about the value of voting.