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FALL Supplement 2003
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  Melanie Elsey Speaks about Voter Registration

 For more than 200 years the United States of America has been a dominant force among the nations of the earth.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights given by God and secured by our Constitution of the United States.  Not only should every citizen know and understand the fundamental principles behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but each citizen should be willing – at a bare minimum –to make the small sacrifice of time and commitment to vote in regularly scheduled elections. This is the primary means to ensure that elected representatives to local, state, and federal government will adhere to the spirit and intent of our Constitution that was so important to our Founding Fathers.  Yet it is amazing to me that a strong percentage of the Christian community is not even registered to vote!

 In 1787 George Washington stated, “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.  It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”  If our Constitutional Republic (not democracy) will continue to be a dominant force, it is up to its citizens to be involved in the process of selecting representatives who will demonstrate integrity, wisdom, and morality based on the most fundamental Biblical principles.

 It is even more important that we teach our children how to make wise choices in carrying out their most fundamental right – the right to vote.  Since the Elsey children have been old enough to read, we have allowed them to come with us into the voting booth.  However, we don’t pack the booth – they have taken turns at each primary and general election.  It has given us a chance to share why we are voting for the candidates and sometimes why we can’t cast a vote for either candidate.  [We have learned not to hold our nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.]  Godly, moral candidates need our help to step into a role of leadership in our representative government.  Every vote does count in every election!

 CHESCA is holding a voter registration drive.  If you are not registered to vote, please consider doing so.  If you have children who are 18 years of age and older, please encourage them to register as well.  The form can be requested from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website or picked up at your county board of elections.  The next step, of course, is becoming informed in order to make wise choices.  There are a number of resources at election time to assist you, but of course the best source is the candidate himself/herself.  Write out a few basic questions, call each candidate, and get your answers directly from the source!  We absolutely can’t complain when poor policies begin impacting our families, if we fail to participate in the very process designed by our Founders to protect the Godly heritage they provided to us!
Melanie Elsey
CHEO  Legislative Liaison

Political Action

by Mark Stevenson


The recent newsletter, two weeks ago,  made mention of voter registration forms being sent as a stimulus to encourage CHESCA members to be registered to vote by October 6th. However, the forms were missed accidentally, along with various other activities. This newsletter contains the missed items for your consideration, plus a little more.


At my request, Melanie wrote the article to the left about voter registration for your consideration. Please take the time to read it. Then, please turn to the next page to discover the plan! Also read the CHESCA purpose statement.

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