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Table of Contents
Presidential Election
     1.  Pray
     2.  Become Informed
     3.  "Get Out the Vote"
     4.  Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study
     5.  Election-Night Party
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     In this issue we want to encourage you to pray, become
informed, and "get out the vote" for November's crucial presidential
     We as Christians can impact our society and nation if we all
make a concerted effort to cast informed votes guided by biblical
truths.  We should also seek to influence others to do the same.
     The election also provides a great opportunity for us as home
educators to teach our children lessons in Christian citizenship.
     May the Lord bless your family for His glory!

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The Presidential Election

     The primary method of effecting political change is through
     "I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications,
prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for
kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a
tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. This is
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who would
have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth"
(1 Timothy 2:1-4).

1.  Pray Concerning the Upcoming Election
 *  Pray for the election of a President who will honor and follow
     the Lord and lead this nation in His way.
 *  Pray that godly men will be elected in all levels of
 *  Pray that Christians will register and vote according to the
     Lord's will.
 *  Pray that the election will be fair and free of fraud.

2.  Pray for Revival Among Christians
     "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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The Presidential Election
Become Informed

     Research issues facing our nation today, gathering facts and
analyzing solutions in light of Scripture, from sources such as and
CitizenLink e-mail newsletter.

     Research information on political candidates and their
voting records.
     Eagle Forum Scoreboard
     Presidential Candidates' Positions on Abortion
     Family Research Council's Voting Records.

 *  Compare the Democrat and Republican Platforms on four
     Biblical issues.
 *  Links to all political parties.  Directory of third parties.
 *  Platform comparisons.

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The Presidential Election
"Get Out the Vote"

1.  Why Christians Should Vote
     Voting is the process designed by our Constitution whereby
our government is directed by us, "the people."  It is a
privilege and a responsibility of every citizen to participate in
our government on all levels and to take part in the direction
our nation is going.
     Millions of Christians do not register to vote, and millions
more are registered, but do not vote.  We face critical issues in
our nation today, and we must all do our part in choosing our
leaders. The future of our children and grandchildren is at stake.
     "Select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of
truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these
over them as leaders" (Exodus 18:21).

2.  Register Your Family and Others To Vote
 *  Be sure you are registered to vote, especially after a change
     of address.
 *   Help your children register to vote as soon as they turn 18
     or if they will be 18 on the next election day.
 *  Encourage and help friends, support group or church members,
     and neighbors to register and vote.
 *  Register Online To Vote

     Voter registration is still open until the dates shown only in
the following states:
     Oct. 10 - ID, NC, NY, & OK
     Oct. 12 - MD, NV, & OR
     Oct. 13 - DE, MA, UT, & WV
     Oct. 15 - NE
     Oct. 18 - CA, KS, & SD
     Oct. 19 - CT
     Oct. 22 - AL
     Oct. 23 - IA & NH
     Oct. 25 - VT

3.  Encourage Others To Be Informed Voters
 *  Help distribute Christian voting guides if they are available
     in your area.
 *  Help rally one million Christian voters who will pray and
     vote to change our nation this year!
 *  Visit a campaign headquarters and see what jobs are
     available to do, such as distributing campaign literature
     and yard signs or registering people to vote.


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Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study
     Don't miss the opportunity to teach your children about our
presidential election process during the upcoming election.
     In this issue we offer a short unit study on the
presidential election, excerpted from our 5-part series on
government and the presidential election.  You can do all or part
of the 5-part series, or do the shorter version suggested in this issue.
     The November election is not your "deadline" for these studies.
There may be new or sustained interest after the election to motivate
learning as well.

5-Part Series on Government and the Presidential Election
#66 - Government:  Introduction; Biblical Basis; Different Forms

#67 - Government:  United States
#68 - Government:  Our Responsibilities
#69 - Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study, Part 1
#70 - Presidential Election (Internet-Based) Unit Study, Part 2

Record Keeping
     Keep a notebook or scrapbook.
 *  Include notes, compositions, charts, maps, illustrations, and other
     projects from your unit study.
 *  Take photos of items that are too large to put in your book.
 *  Include memorabilia such as bumper stickers and buttons.
 *  Keep newspaper clippings from turning yellow and disintegrating
     by copying on acid-free paper or treat with a special recipe.

1.  Bible Study
     Find out what God says about government by using your
concordance and/or the verses and principles in newsletters #66
and #68 (see above) such as Psalm 22:28, Romans 13:1-7,
I Peter 2:13-14, Daniel 4:17, Proverbs 21:1, Daniel 2:21,
I Timothy 2:1-4, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 22:17- 21, and
Acts 5:29.
     Study the biblical basis for human government and the
spiritual aspect of political action and our Christian heritage
in newsletters #66 and #67 (see above).

2.  Memory Verse(s)
     Select a passage to memorize from those you study above.

3.  Prayer for Our Leaders, Elections, and Issues
     Make a special prayer calendar to use until the election or
     add these items to your weekly prayer list (see newsletter #68
     and section on prayer above.)

4.  Read and discuss biblical articles on government and politics.
     “How You Can Have Maximum Patriotic Impact” (Matt. 22:15-21)
     Information on national issues (see "Become Informed" above).

Read about the Office of the President
1.  Read about the president, his powers, and responsibilities.
2.  Read about the duties and qualifications of the president in
     the Constitution of the United States, Article II and
     in Amendments 20, 22, and 25 to the U.S. Constitution.
3.  Read "Does character matter in political leaders?"

     Design and/or create campaign materials for a real or
ideal candidate including reasons to vote for him.
     Make banners, slogans, brochures, posters, lawn signs,
bumper stickers, ads for radio, television, and newspapers.

Study the Presidential Election Process.
 *  U.S. presidential election from Wikipedia free encyclopedia.,_2004
 *  An overview of the U.S. Government and the political system.
* Presidential election process in simplified terms.
 *  Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.
 *  Ben's Guide. (Follow arrows at bottom of page.)

Electoral College / Math
     Study the much misunderstood reasons for our Electoral College.
 *  U. S. Electoral College.
 *  In Defense of the Electoral College.
 *  Danger of direct elections.
 *  Mathematical explanation of why we need the Electoral College.

Written and/or Oral Reports
1.  Choose a topic, such as:
     *  The presidential office and duties.
     *  A brief biography and qualifications of a candidate.
     *  Convince your audience to vote and/or to vote for a certain
     *  Your idea of the perfect candidate and his platform.
     *  The presidential election process.
     *  Explanation of the Electoral College and your opinion of it.
     *  National issues.
2.  Choose a presentation method:
     *  Written report, with or without visual aids.
     *  Oral report or speech for your family or group, with or
         without visual aids.
     *  E-mail your report (with links) to your friends.
     *  Tape your presentation (audio or video) and send to
         friends or family that do not live near you.

Debates and Speeches
1.  Watch candidates' speeches or presidential debates
     (October 8 and 13, both at 9:00 p.m. ET) and the commentary
     that follows.  Then critique the content and presentation of each
2.  Read "Short List of Fallacies."
3.  Learn more about presidential debates.
4.  Create, perform, and record (audio or video) a radio or TV
     ad, campaigning for the candidate of your choice.

     Draw or obtain a map and label each state with its two-letter
ZIP code and the number of its Electoral College votes.
See map filled out and answer questions.

Vocabulary, Spelling, Penmanship, and Typing
1.  Start with a short list of key words related to the
     presidential election and add new or significant words as
     you encounter them.
     * Glossary for vocabulary words.
     * The following link includes summaries of the Constitution.
2.  Verbally test your students by asking them to spell and
     define the words and use them in sentences.
3.  Do some online vocabulary activities.

Participation in the Political Process
1.  Study our responsibilities as citizens (see newsletter #68 above).
2.  Find out directly from our Constitution who can vote
     (Amendments 14, 15, 19, 23, 24, 26).
3.  See suggestions in "Get Out the Vote" (above).


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Election-Night Party

1.  Start with Prayer
 *  Start your evening early with a time of prayer that Christians
     will vote and that the Lord's will would be done.
 *  Since many or most votes may already be cast by evening,
     ask those you know to pray hourly from the opening of the
     eastern polls to the closing of the western ones.
 *  See poll closing times (Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. EST -
     Wednesday, 1:00 a.m. EST) at
 *  Pray for a clear and accurate vote count.

2.  Enjoy Fellowship and Sharing
 *  Arrange a potluck dinner.
 *  Display presidential election unit study projects and/or
     listen to presentations.

3.  Follow the Election Returns
 *  Watch the election night results together on TV.
 *  Keep track of the Electoral College votes on a list, first in
     pencil as projected and then in ink as confirmed.
 *  Or use an online Electoral College calculator.

Important Note
     Prepare your child for disappointment if his choice of
candidate does not win.  Make sure your child understands
that God is still in control.
     "The Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and
bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest
of men." (Daniel 4:17)

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Sunnyside Up:  Color-Coded Election Results
     Since this is election year, once again I find myself
watching the polls very closely and praying about the outcome.
     In the year 2000 I was glued to the television set when
George W. Bush and Al Gore were running against one another.
On our TV news reports, areas projected to vote Republican were
shown in red and Democrat in blue.  We have three sons, and our
youngest son, Micah, was 4 at the time.  Every now and then he
would pass by and catch me saying "Hurray!  We are pulling ahead."
     That year we took all three boys with us to vote, and they knew
we were pulling for George W. Bush.
     There was a really bad storm the night of the election in
our town, and the meteorologists were putting weather bulletins on
the screen.  Later, Micah came in and glanced at the screen.  The
weather radar was showing a storm in our area.  After seeing the
dark red spot about where we live, he jumped up and down and
said, "Hurray!  We're ahead."
     Submitted by Teresa D., Arkansas

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     Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ
died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus Christ
as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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