From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/27/2006 1:27:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington -- Your Vote Crucial in Preserving Homeschool Freedom

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
Washington -- Your Vote Crucial in Preserving Homeschool Freedom

Dear Washington HSLDA members and friends,

Election time is fast approaching. This November 7th 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!


To see local candidates answers to the National Political Awareness
Test (NPAT) from Project Vote Smart go to: . 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 to look it up.

Additionally, you can a 2006 Voters' Guide on the Washington Secretary
of State website at: .

For a review of the ballot measures in Washington, you can see the
2006 Ballot Issues Guide published by the League of Women Voters of
Seattle at: .

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

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
James Bopp: Do's and Don'ts for Political Activities of Pastors
and Guidelines for Political Activities by Churches and Pastors.

* 34 of the 39 counties in Washington vote entirely by mail. If your
county votes by mail you should have already received your ballot in
the mail. For a list of the County Auditors/Elections Departments in
Washington State go to: . This site will also tell you
if your county votes entirely by mail or a traditional polling place.

If your county votes by mail and you have not received your ballot in
the mail please contact your County Auditor from the list above.

To cast your vote simply mail your ballot back to your County Auditor.
To be counted your ballot must be postmarked on or before November 7,
2006. You can also drop your ballot of at your County Auditor's office
or other designated ballot drop site.

For more information go to: or call the Washington
Secretary of State, Elections Division at: (360) 902-4180 or
(800) 448-4881.

Thanks for caring!


Thomas J. Schmidt
Staff Attorney
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