The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
In the statement Forming Consciences for Citizenship, the U.S. bishops remind us that, "In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation" (No. 5). The decisions we make as citizens about who leads us and what policies are enacted have important moral and ethical dimensions. The values of our faith should be our guide to public life.
To vote, you must register by October 6, 2008.
Elections will take place on the First Tuesday in November. This year November 4, 2008
You must be 18 yrs old to Vote in November.
Voting: A Moral Obligation
Why Should I Vote?
In Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote “participation in the political process is a moral obligation” of Catholics. www.nccbuscc.org/faithfulcitizenship
The 2000 Presidential Election provides striking proof that every vote counts. This is especially true in “off-year elections” when there is not a Presidential race, since traditionally voter turnout is low.
How Do I Vote?
If your voter registration card is easily accessible, bring it. It makes finding your name on the voter registration rolls easier for the poll workers. However, you ARE NOT REQUIRED to have your voter registration card with you. You can vote by showing your Texas Driver’s license, preprinted checks from a Texas Bank, etc.
When Can I Vote?
From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. If you are in line at your polling place at 7:00 p.m., the law says you will be able to vote.
Where Do I Vote?
If you do not know where you can vote, contact the Office of The Secretary of State/Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-8683.p.m. on Monday or Tuesday, or consult the list of polling places found at http://www.co.montgomery.tx.us/election
If you live in some other Texas county, you can find the name and phone number of your election official on the Texas Secretary of State website at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml#C
Who Should I Vote For?
The church does not endorse any candidate or political party. You must inform yourself on the different candidates’ voting records.
The Texas House and Senate http://www.house.state.tx.us/welcome.php
The Capitol House and Senate http://www.house.gov/
To find out who represents you click on: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us
Please urge every eligible voter in your parish, your family and on your e-mail list to vote.
In Texas, the county tax assessor-collector is the voter registrar for the county. The voter registrar may not charge a fee. Paul Bettencourt is the voter register at www.hctax.net/ then click voter registration. The voter registrar shall conduct voter registration activities at all times during regular office hours. The registrar may establish one or more branch offices in the county to conduct voter registration activities for the convenience of persons desiring to register.
In addition to the Downtown Location, there are 15 Tax Office branch office locations in the county. You will find a map and all pertinent information at: www.hctax.net/locations/locations.asp
The main telephone number for all locations (including downtown) is (713) 368-2000. You can acquire an application for Voter Registration in English, Spanish and Vietnamese in two ways:
Tel: 713-368-2000 – English
713-368- 2001 – Spanish
713-368-2002 - Vietnamese