CHURCH LAUNCHES MASSIVE
EDUCATION & VOTER REGISTRATION
Commission on Social Justice and
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
(January 11, 2012) The College of Bishops
of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is
calling upon all clergy and lay leaders to begin
a voter education and
voter registration initiative through
each local church for the 2012 November
election. Now is the time for each CME member
to help register a least three (3) people and
get them to the polls on Election Day. We must
check the voter registration laws in our
individual states and make sure we have the
proper credentials that will allow us to
participate in the 2012 election. Many of our
states have passed laws that require photo
identification or birth certificates; these
requirements are designed to suppress and
prevent our efforts to vote in the upcoming
election. Let us begin, now, to work with the
members of our congregations to ensure their
rights to vote and go door to door in the
community to register the people in the
We will continue to work with the NAACP, other
civil rights organizations, fraternities and
sororities in support of our efforts to educate
and register voters and get them to the polls on
Election Day. We can also work with ex-felons
to get their rights to vote restored. We must
also work with the elderly and the shut-in so
that those who qualify receive and submit an
absentee ballot. Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt,
Jr., along with the College of Bishops is
calling on all CME’s to be actively involved in
voter education and voter registration as this
is one of the most crucial times in the life of
our community. It is pertinent that we become
involved on all levels of our church.
We are proud to announce our partnership with
Vessels, a nation-wide voter registration
organization that is committed to a
voter-registration, voter-education and
get-out-the-vote effort designed to maximize the
voter strength of the African-American
community. We ask all pastors to give
leadership to this important voter registration
program immediately, in local churches and
respective communities. Let’s pull together
other pastors in various cities to organize a
city-wide, state-wide effort to succeed in this
voter registration initiative. We must realize
that our votes are important because voting
helps us with healthcare, education, employment
and social services in our communities. Every
vote counts to elect representatives to the
state legislatures and the Congress of the
United States as well as the next President of
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under
the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt,
Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 141-year
old historically African American Christian
denomination with more than 1.2 million members
across the United States, and has missions and
sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen
African nations. There are four CME related
colleges, Lane College (Jackson, TN), Miles
College (Birmingham, AL), Paine College
(Augusta, GA) and Texas College (Tyler, TX).
There is additionally a CME sponsored seminary,
Phillips School of Theology, which is an
affiliate member of the Interdenominational
Theological Center (Atlanta, GA). For
additional information about the C.M.E. Church,
Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO
Bishop Paul A. G.
Bishop Lawrence L.
Bishop Henry M.
Bishop Thomas L.
Bishop Kenneth W.
Bishop James B.
Bishop Godwin T.
Bishop William H.
Bishop Othal H.
Bishop Edward Lynn
Bishop Ronald M.
Bishop Dotcy I.
Isom, Jr., Retired
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