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10/26/2006 1:48:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Your Vote Crucial in Preserving Homeschool Freedom

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New York--Your Vote Crucial in Preserving Homeschool Freedom

Dear New York HSLDA members and friends,

Election time is fast approaching. This November 7 some state and
federal officials are up for re-election.

Who is elected will determine what freedoms you will keep and what
freedoms you will lose.

Exercising your right to vote is crucial. The voter guides described
below will help you make informed decisions as you cast your vote.

Remember statistics show approximately only 50% of eligible adults
actually register to vote. In any given election only about 50% of
registered voters vote (that is 25% of adults)!

That means only takes about 13% of adults to elect any given
candidate. Your vote does count!


ACTION:

To see local candidates' answers to the National Political Awareness
Test (NPAT) from Project Vote Smart go to: http://www.vote-smart.org .
On the left-hand side of the page you can enter your 9-digit ZIP code
to find information on those who are running for Congress. If you
don't know your 9-digit ZIP, you can got to
http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp to look it up.

Please help spread the word about this resource for responsible
citizenship! Forward this message to your family and friends in New
York so they can also use this valuable resource.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

> For a legal perspective on what activities churches and pastors are
allowed to take part in, check out these resources prepared by
attorney James Bopp: Do's and Don'ts for Political Activities of
Pastors: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3379 and Guidelines for
Political Activities by Churches and Pastors:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3380.

> There are a number of ways that you can vote early in New York.

Qualified persons can apply for an absentee ballot from their local
county board of elections. You can find the application for an
absentee ballot here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3407 . The
application for an absentee ballot must be mailed no later than
Tuesday, October 31 or hand deliver it by Monday, November 6. All
completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 6
and received no later than Tuesday, November 14 at your county board
of elections.

For more information on requesting an absentee ballot go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3408 or contact your county board of
elections. A list of the various county boards of election can be
found here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3409 .

For more information go to: http://www.elections.state.ny.us or call
the New York State Board of Elections at: (518) 474-6220.

Thanks for caring!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
Staff Attorney

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