The Champion the Vote project, which aims to mobilize Christians who "long to see our nation return to the timeless truth of a Biblical worldview" to participate in the election process, has launched a new project — the Register One campaign.
In "Register One," Christians are urged to magnify their lights by registering a non-voting Christian to vote, creating more "shining lights" in a dark nation. According to the video ad (embedded below) that was released before Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, God did little things to make big things happen, and so can the faithful:
So here's what's supposed to happen. As Christians, we're supposed to shine bright, you know, be a light in the darkness of our country. So we try to make a big difference by getting ambitious and planning big events to let our light shine. But at the end of it all, we still find our United States of America in a dark place.
You know, sometimes we forget that God takes small, simple beginnings and turns them into big, important changes. The big important change we want to see is every Christian in America registered to vote and making their voices heard on election day.
We've got an idea. What if each one of us reached just one? What if each one of us pledged to get just one new Christian voter? Think of it like this, where ever you are in the country, you've got your own little light ready to shine. Watch what happens when you shine your light just once — If everyone will play their part once, all those parts will add up to one big impact. There's around 60 million Christians in America and only about half actually voted in 2008. We could decide an election if each of us would simply pledge to register one new Christian voter.
The Register One website includes a pledge where Christians can sign up to register one voter, and directs them to search for non-registered voters on its Are You Registered website. Both of these websites are affiliated with Champion the Vote and United in Purpose.
Right Wing Watch points out that United in Purpose is funded by Silicon Valley capitalists and that the American Family Association appears to be affiliated with the organization. At least with respect to the presidential elections, with Rick Santorum out of the race and Mitt Romney perceived to be the Republican nominee, some Christians may not be very enthused about their choices, as noted by Bryan Fischer on the American Family Association's "Rightly Concerned" blog network:
Conservatives wanted steak, but it’s not on the menu. For them, the choice now is between gruel and a baloney sandwich.
So what will conservatives do in November? The choice is frankly a stark one, an unappealing one at best. I believe Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council observed that no moderate Republican has ever unseated a Democrat incumbent, so Romney’s odds are long to begin with. It is virtually impossible for a Republican candidate to win the White House without an enthusiastic and fired up evangelical base.
There will be two schools of thought among conservative Christian voters. Faced with a choice between the “lesser of two evils,” many evangelicals will say that a vote for the lesser of two evils is still evil, and they won’t do it. They will stay home or vote third party. Either of those two decisions increases the likelihood of an Obama victory in November. The only chance that Gov. Romney has is for this cohort to be a small minority of evangelicals. The more sizeable this contingent gets, the longer his odds.
Other evangelicals will say, yeah, it’s a choice between the lesser of two evils, but shouldn’t Christians want less evil? If in reality the only two choices a Christian voter is faced with is a choice between more evil or less evil, it’s pretty easy to make a case for choosing a smaller injection of toxins if the only realistic alternative is a lethal dose. One will make you sick, the other one will kill you.
Either way, my counsel to Christian voters, to evangelical voters, is to vote your conscience. Many Christians will find it impossible to vote for either of these two candidates in good conscience. I would never try to talk someone into voting against his own internal standard of right and wrong.
Not only may conservative Christians find the presidential election unappealing, but as NPR reported in February, the Champion the Vote – United in Purpose database was full of errors and some Christians were less than receptive to voter registration.