Elections Internet Project
The main goal of this project is to convince people to vote and to use their
vote to advance the Culture of Life, particularly the protection of unborn
children and their mothers. We want to reach as many people as possible in this
effort. This will be accomplished by using the wide variety of venues that the
Internet provides to spread the word about issues, candidates, and political
responsibility to hundreds or thousands of people at one time!
Where do I go?
Internet news sites often allow you to comment on articles, and there
will be more and more articles relating to the elections as Election Day
draws near. Let your voice be heard by commenting on articles. Many of these
sites require you to set up a free account in order to be able to log in and
comment. It’s worth doing!
Google “Political Discussion Groups” and similar terms to find discussion
groups in which you can bring the pro-life perspective on politics and
elections to the attention of readers.
Utilize Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to comment on
the elections and share helpful information with people.
Read our guidelines for using Social Media sites (PDF).
Utilize You Tube and other video sharing sites to make comments and to post
or share videos relating to election themes.
What do I say?
Our website contains a large amount of educational material, suggested
letters and talking points, responses to pro-abortion arguments, and
motivations to vote. See our main election page for links to all this
information. You can also urge people to register to vote by going to
When you are going to sites that are friendly to our point of view, one of
the things you should do is recruit people to help us! Tell them to visit
www.PoliticalResponsibility.com to find out what they can do.
How do I carry out this project?
Many sites where you can comment will require you to set up a username
and password. Be sure to write these down so you don't forget them. You may
also have to use your own e-mail address or establish a new e-mail address.
It's easy to open a new account on Yahoo or Hotmail for example. Joining a
Yahoo, MSN or AOL group, in fact, requires you to have an e-mail address
Here are some basic rules to follow for any list you participate in:
(adapted from Google)
1. Read the FAQ files, charter and rules
2. Observe for a little while to become acquainted with how the group works
3. Make subject line short and catchy so the message won't be passed over.
4. Don't post gratuitous messages like "thanks".
5. Refer to an internet page or website - a call to action
6. Do not use all Caps, !!!!, ****, @ or other symbols.
7. Get to the point of message in the first sentence.
8. Message should be no longer than 24 lines. If readers want more info it
can be longer.
9. Don't include the entire message you are replying to in your response.
Only quote relevant sections of original message.
10. Cite appropriate references. If you are using facts to support a cause,
state where they came from.
We ask you to also let us know how you are doing on this effort. Please
share with us any new ideas you have to make this project even more
A final thought
Why is it important to convince people to vote and to vote pro-life? The
US Bishops sum it up well in Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to
"We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their
citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity
meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life. Every voice
matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible
citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power." (34)
In the elections of 2000, surveys showed that among those calling
themselves Christians, only 50% were registered to vote. Then, on Election
Day, only half of the Christians who were registered actually went to the
polls. The Christian vote has declined 10% since 1994.
Furthermore the Bishops state:
"Bringing a respect for human dignity to practical politics can be a
daunting task. There is such a wide spectrum of issues involving the
protection of human life and the promotion of human dignity. Good people
frequently disagree on which problems to address, which policies to adopt
and how best to apply them. But for citizens and elected officials alike,
the basic principle is simple: We must begin with a commitment never to
intentionally kill, or collude in the killing, of any innocent human life,
no matter how broken, unformed, disabled or desperate that life may seem."