The Early Bird Gets the Term: Let the Voting Begin!

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Election Day may not be until November 8, but for four million Americans voting day has already come and gone! That’s how many people have gone ahead and cast their ballots in the first wave of early voting sweeping the country. Not surprisingly, both sides are pouncing on the exit polls as a way to see how much ground they need to make up in the 18 days before the nation picks its next president. For the Trump campaign, the early returns aren’t exactly a surprise. What is surprising, though, are the number of Democrats getting in on the act.

In past years, Republican voters seemed to corner the market on early voting. Not so this election. Like 2012, the president’s party is springing into action, voting at a pace similar to Republicans. “By this point four years ago,” the Washington Post points out after pouring over the data from the firm Catalyst, “more than half of the returned ballots came from Republican voters. This year, the split is much more even. Republicans are still a plurality of the returns, the margin is much narrower.” The shift has been especially noteworthy in states both parties have circled on their watch lists: Arizona and North Carolina, to name a couple.

In a trend that’s reflecting most national polls, Hillary Clinton seems to have the edge out of the gate, especially in battleground states. Even more startling, “Clinton has a greater percentage of banked votes than President Obama did at this point four years ago.” But the parties aren’t the only things making headlines in early voting. So are the number of actual votes. In key places like Iowa, Nevada, and Ohio, analysts are surprised by the dip in early turnout. Maybe Americans haven’t made up their mind on a candidate — or maybe, as some think, it’s a sign of the enthusiasm gap for both nominees.

Either way, Christians can’t afford to sit back and watch their country go over the edge with four more years of ultraliberal policies. For America, this cannot be an election about two people. It’s about two fundamentally different visions for our country. If polling has shown us anything, it’s how razor-thin the margin of victory may be. In a nation this divided, even one vote can make a difference. Heading into this final stretch, the candidates are neck-and-neck — and both campaigns are fighting for every vote. You can help! First, find out where the candidates and the party they align with stand on the issues and pledge to vote. Having done that, contact your local election board and offer to work as a volunteer. Early voting has started in many places — but most communities are still searching for competent, qualified workers for Election Day and election administration. This is the first line of defense for protecting the integrity of the election!

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Millions of people have seen a copy of FRC Action’s Presidential Voter Guide — make sure your family and friends are some of them! Click here to see for yourself how dramatically different the candidates stack up on issues like life, religious liberty, the military, economy and more. Then, make sure you’ve shared FRC Action’s platform comparison video (below). We have two candidates that share questions of character. The difference is in their policies and party platforms. Which agenda do you want for the next four years?

For more on the importance of the Supreme Court and what would happen under Hillary’s, check out Cathy Ruse’s new piece, “Never Another Clinton Supreme Court.” “If you think the Supreme Court is a threat now, imagine a 7-2 majority against everything you hold dear — for generations. That is what’s at stake this November.”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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