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New Video: Why We Must Still Vote

Given the widespread dissatisfaction across the political spectrum for this year’s presidential nominees, we’ve heard from a number of registered voters who are considering tossing out their ballot. But before you make that decision, please check out this quick, 2-minute video:

Good people with good values need to vote on a number of other races and issues than just who will occupy the White House.

Washington residents can still register to vote at their county elections department, until October 31st.

For more information on the candidates running for office, races to watch, issues at stake, and more, you can visit FPIW’s Elections Hub, or text your Zip Code to 77039 for a personalized non-partisan voter guide.

 

FPIW Joins Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood in Congress

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has signed onto a letter authored by FRC President Tony Perkins, addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Cornyn.  The letter, sent last week, expressed support for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, which has already passed the U.S. House and is awaiting debate in the U.S. Senate.  This bill, a reconciliation bill, is slightly different from other bills in that they are not subject to filibuster, meaning that a simple majority in each chamber passes the bill.

If passed, experts estimate that the bill would reduce Planned Parenthood’s federal funding by almost 89% next year.

FPIW’s response is at the requests of thousands of Washingtonians outraged at the continued funding of Planned Parenthood. While this bill is considered “privileged” and is likely to pass the U.S. Senate, President Obama is expected to veto it.

You can read the letter in its entirety at this link and sign the petition to Defund Planned Parenthood here.

How to Change the World in One Day

There is one day left to vote. That means there’s one day left to turn in your ballot. There’s one day left to get your voter guide. There’s one day left to find out if your friends and family have voted while there is still time to remind them.

What’s at stake if we all do nothing?

It’s hard to say.

What we know is that a bunch of races will be decided by a small number of votes.

In 2012, a state Senator was elected by 78 votes. In 2010, a state legislator was elected by 37 votes. Something similar will happen again this year.

If we all invest 30 minutes in the culture by making sure the selection of our leaders included our input, those close elections will go the way we want them to.

So send a few Facebook messages, emails, text messages or pick up a phone.

Remind your friends who haven’t yet voted to do so.

There’s no way you regret that kind of investment in the culture. But the chances of regretting the decision not to influence the culture? Well, we all kind of know what that feels like don’t we?

Just this morning I heard from another parent in Washington State concerned because their child’s school district is working on a policy to allow boys in the girl’s bathroom if he says he feels like a girl.

Bad decisions often come from bad leadership.

But you can change/avoid bad leadership in one day. Let’s do that.

What Should I Do With an Extra Hour?

One week from today, a new group of leaders will have been selected.

And for two years, they will be making life changing decisions on our behalf.

At the federal level, they’ll decide issues ranging from immigration, to health care, to laws mandating churches hire people who do not live according to their faith could all be on the table.

At the state level, our leadership will determine…

  • whether parents should know if their kids are having an abortion,
  • whether Washington State will have an income tax and/or a carbon tax,
  • whether every insurance policy should cover an abortion,
  • whether the state can tell pastors what to say in church counseling offices,
  • or whether contract surrogacy should become legal and the womb should become an item of commerce.

And that’s just the start.

Recently, in a conversation with a pastor friend, I told him that Planned Parenthood in Washington State had received more than $250 million from the state and federal government since 2008.

His response? “That’s why elections matter.”

Indeed.

They do matter.  That’s why we hope you’ll return your ballot and vote for candidates who value life, marriage, religious freedom, and parental rights.  If you need help finding out who those candidates are, go to www.WashingtonVoterGuides.com or text your zip code to 77039.  If you want to see who Planned Parenthood has endorsed, click here.  That may be just as useful.

But don’t stop there.  Too much is at stake.

Take the time in the next 5 days to make sure 10 of your friends vote as well.

This weekend is daylights savings which means we all get an extra hour.

What are you going to do with that hour?

You could spend that extra hour watching TV or sorting the sock drawer. Or, you could do something that will change the direction of our state for the next two years.

We hope you’ll use that extra hour this weekend on Vote Finder to find just ten of your like-minded friends or family to see if they have turned in their ballots yet.   You type in their first and last name, Vote Finder will tell you if they have turned in their ballot or not.

If they have, great!  Nothing else to do.

If not, make a call or send them a message asking them to turn it in as a personal favor to you.  It’s likely they’ll say yes.  But they might also say they don’t know who they should be voting for and then you can help them with that as well.

Most of us feel less informed than we should be, but conversations between friends is a great way to be more informed.

In the end, everyone will feel better. Your friends will feel more informed, they’ll feel like they did their civic duty, and you’ll know you built more support for a culture that recognizes the significance and the sanctity of the family.

An extra hour of TV or…making sure Planned Parenthood doesn’t get another quarter billion of the public’s money.  Not that hard of a decision is it?

Ten voters.  That’s a good use of a surplus hour.

 

Voter Guides… with a Twist!

Hopefully you have already marked your calendar on Tuesday, Nov. 4 as Election Day!  Washington State ballots will be mailed out next week. That means it’s time for all of us to support candidates who share our values. Our Voter Guide, which you can find at  www.WashingtonVoterGuides.com,is designed to do just that.

This Free Voter Guide is an non-partisan evaluation of candidates and a detailed summary of important information that will help inform you on where the candidates stand on important issues like religious liberty, marriage, and life.

It also tells you who has endorsed them and who is funding their campaigns.

Here is how to get your Free Voter Guide:

  1. Visit www.WashingtonVoterGuides.com
  2. Enter your address
  3. Search your personalized voter guide.

That all sounds pretty typical, right? Whats the twist?

For the first time, our voter guide is now available by text. That’s right, you don’t even need your computer. Just text your zip code to 77039 and within seconds you’ll have a copy of the voter guide on your phone.

Making an informed vote has never been easier.

Also, make sure you have your Vote Finder account as well and have at least 10 people on your list of pro-family voters that you’re going to encourage to vote. Vote Finder will tell you if their ballot has been received before the election is over. That way, you can encourage your friends who have not yet voted to get their ballots in.

Your friendly reminder to your friends could change the direction of our state.

After all, 78 voters in Vancouver changed the last two years in Washington State.

Be sure to share our Voter Guide on Facebook and Twitter as well!

These resources have made possible by the support of friends like you. You can support these voter education efforts here.

Vote Finder

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has been working to protect marriage, life, religious freedom, and parental rights in Washington State for seven years.

Today might be our greatest moment.

There are no elections and no legislative debates.  But today we are launching the tool that could change all the elections and legislative debates to come.

Today we introduce FPIW’s Vote Finder.

 

Vote Finder gives every pro-family voter in Washington State the ability to do something that has never been possible before.

You can find out if someone has turned in their ballot…before the election is over.  If you knew that your conservative friends, children, or co-workers simply hadn’t gotten around to voting, wouldn’t you like to know so you can remind them before it’s too late?

Now you can.

Vote Finder is easy.  It’s so easy my mom can use it to create a personalized list of friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers, and church members.

Vote Finder provides you with two critical pieces of information.

First, we’ll tell you if they are a registered voter or not.  If they are not, Vote Finder and provide a shockingly easy way to get them registered if not.

Second, we will provide daily updates about whether or not they have turned their ballots in…before the election is over.

In fact, you can upload a list of everyone in your church at once. As long as you have first names, last names, and street addresses, within seconds we can tell you if they are registered and if they have turned in their ballots.

On the Sunday before the election, pastors can upload their church list, congratulate those who have already voted, and give a friendly reminder to those who haven’t.

How cool is that?

The leadership in the Washington State Senate changed over the last two years because of 78 votes in Vancouver.

Since 2008, 14 races have been decided by fewer than 1,000 votes.

In 2010, a state legislative race in Puyallup was decided by 37 votes.

Close elections are common and they often end up in the election of people with very different worldviews simply because lots of people who think like we do never got a friendly reminder to turn in their ballots.  There are no more excuses.

But there is a catch…

People have to use it.

If it’s just my mom and I using it…well, we know for sure that our family will vote.  But that may not be enough to create the kind of change we want.

Vote Finder will only be as powerful as the number of people using it.

So we need all of you to create an account and find 10, 15, or 30 friends who will vote the right way. Then make sure they do.  And if you find they aren’t registered because they moved recently…well by all means get them registered.

The “Invite Users” button in Vote Finder makes it simple to invite other people to do  their part as well.

Before you know it, tens of thousands of pro-family ballots will be turned in that otherwise would have found their way to a landfill. So do your part to save the planet and make sure your friends turn in their ballots.

What are you waiting for?  Sign up.

If we all do our part, this could be the best thing we’ve ever done.