NASHVILLE, TN (September 15, 2016) – A three bus, multi-state bus tour intended to increase voter participation among Evangelical Christians is rolling out on Friday September 16. Lift the Vote is a project of Power of Liberty, a Tennessee-based 501c4 advocacy group sponsoring the tour. The three wrapped buses will primarily focus on Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona over the next two months leading to Election Day November 8.
“Our votes are our voice. All the talk and opinions mean nothing if we don’t vote,” Dana Hunsinger Gill, co-Chair of Lift the Vote, pointed out. “When Christians don’t vote we silence what we know and our voices, allowing others to choose our leaders, the direction of our nation, and the critical policies that affect us and our families. From the Supreme Court to the protection of religious liberties for all, to issues that directly impact the moral decline that we have been experiencing for too long, it has never been more important in my lifetime for Followers of Jesus to be organized, pray together, and vote.”
“This effort is not about convincing Christians to vote for or against any particular candidate for any office,” noted Mateen Elass, Chairman of the Lift The Vote Pastor Advisory Team, “it IS about urging our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to pray for God’s guidance, to VOTE in accordance with His will, and to encourage others to do the same things.” The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has previously announced plans to register and vote a million Muslims in this election, Elass stated. “Obviously it is important for Christians to become completely engaged in the political process as well.”
The Lift the Vote bus tours include appearances at large sporting events, festivals, Christian concerts, church services and other community gatherings in the targeted states. Activists will distribute stickers proclaiming “I’m A Christian. I’m Voting!” as part of the Lift the Vote outreach. “Voters in Iraq in 2005 dipped their fingers in purple ink as they cast their first votes and images of those upheld fingers becoming a symbol of their pride in participating in a free election process. They risked their lives to cast their votes. We encourage Christian voters to draw a small red cross on their forefinger and proudly display it as a demonstration and reminder of our commitment to choose our leaders by voting in this election,” Gill stated.
Lift the Vote is not affiliated with nor approved by any campaign committee or candidate. Churches or other organizations wanting to obtain the “I’m a Christian. I’m Voting!” stickers should contact Lift the Vote through the website: www.liftthevote.org. Bus tour schedules and stops, as they are updated will be posted on the website, and on the Facebook and Twitter pages for Lift the Vote. This weekend the buses will be at the Appalachian State versus Miami (FL) game in Boone, North Carolina early Saturday morning and at the Wake Forest Delaware game in Winston-Salem, NC later in the day. A second bus will be at PointFest in Sandusky, OH on Saturday and in Pittsburgh on Sunday for the Pittsburgh versus Cincinnati game at noon.
For more information contact: Steve Gill, Gill Media, Inc., 615-243-0976, firstname.lastname@example.org.