Many exciting and important FREE events are happening this fall! In preparation for the election, we are hosting debate watch parties, pastors conferences, community forums, and sharing important deadlines to help prepare and equip you and other Floridians to make wise and informed decisions.
September 26 (4 Locations) – Debate Watch Parties 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
(Hosted by Florida Family Action)
To kickoff the first debate between the GOP and DEM presidential hopefuls, we will be hosting debate watch parties in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. Come out and enjoy food and fellowship, watch the debate and learn how you can get involved to volunteer with us during this critical election cycle! Click here for locations.
September 28 – November 6 (Statewide) – 40 Days for Life Prayer Events
(Hosted by 40 Days for Life)
This year, a record number of US cities will be participating in 40 Days for Life‘s 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigils outside of abortion facilities.
Events will be happening across Florida, in all 50 states, and in 23 countries Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, November 6. Find a 40 Days for Life event happening in your city here.
October 4 (Windermere): An Honest Discussion About a Difficult Election
Pastors Conference 7:30 a.m. | Community Forum 7 p.m.
(Hosted by FFPC, Lifebridge Church, My Faith Votes) The Florida Family Policy Council, Lifebridge Church (formerly Harvest Bible), and My Faith Votes will be hosting a Pastors Conference and Community Forum in Windermere on Tuesday, October 4 entitled “An Honest Discussion about a Difficult Election.” The pastors conference will focus on how you can guide your congregation in the Christian duty to vote, and the forum will focus on how believers are to choose to vote even when the choices aren’t clear.
Confirmed speakers include Pastor Clayton Cloer (First Baptist Church of Central Florida), Bishop Harry Jackson (The Reconciled Church, MD), Bob Vander Plaats (President and CEO of Iowa’s The Family Leader), and John Stemberger (President and General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council). Additional speakers will be announced soon.
The pastors conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the community forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both events are free, but RSVPs are required. Click here to register for the pastors conference. Click here to register for the community forum.
October 4-11 (Statewide): Absentee (Vote-by-Mail) ballots mailed to voters
Click here to learn more about or request your own Absentee or Vote-by-Mail ballot.
Absentee ballots are convenient for those who are unable (due to health reasons, schedule conflicts, travel, other) to vote in person on Election Day. These absentee ballots can be requested up to 6 days before the election and must be returned by mail (or in person) to the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you’re voting absentee, don’t forget to sign your name before mailing your ballot!
October 6-7 (Jacksonville): America at a Crossroads Pastors and Pews Event; and the Men and Women of Issachar Training
(Hosted by The Florida Renewal Project)
The Florida Renewal Project is hosting a pastors conference in Jacksonville on Thursday, October 6 through Friday, October 7 entitled “America at a Crossroads Pastors and Pews Event.” The pastors conference will feature many renowned speakers–including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, David Brody, E.W. Jackson, Jason Taylor, David Barton, Fred Lowery, Ken Graves, Bill Federer, Bob McEwen and others. The event is open to pastors and youth pastors, and meals and lodging will be provided. RSVPs are requested before Friday, September 23. Register here.
October 9, 16 (Statewide): Ideal Sundays for Pastors to cast vision through election sermons
Absentee ballots are being mailed between October 4-11 and many people will fill our their ballot and return it quickly. We suggest that pastors ideally cast a vision for their congregation regarding the election either Sunday, October 9 or Sunday, October 16.
We recently created a resource page to equip you with the tools you need to encourage your congregations to vote and become active citizens on important issues facing our state and our nation.
This resource provides the legal rules you need to know before sharing an election sermon or launching a church election/policy drive. It also includes videos, toolkits, voter guides and other aids to prepare and inspire your congregation to get out to vote.
October 11 (Statewide): Voter Registration Deadline for 2016 General Election
Tuesday, October 11 is the final day to register to vote or change party affiliation.
Click here to register to vote now or to check your voter status and polling location.
October 13 (Tampa): 2016’s Pastors Appreciation Day
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Hosted by Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN)
Faith Talk 570/910 WTBN will be hosting a 2016 Pastors Appreciation Day brunch from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the A La Cart Event Pavilion in Tampa (4050 Dana Shores Blvd). The guest speaker will be Bob Lepine, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife and co-host of FamilyLife Today. Worship will be led by Shalyah Fearing, from Season 10 of “The Voice.” Various seminars will be provided. Admission is free for Pastors, but you must RSVP in advance to secure your seat! Click here to register.
October 29-Nov 5 (Statewide): Early Voting Dates
Early general election voting dates and locations are available statewide. The dates for early voting vary by county. For a complete list of early voting locations and dates for your county, visit your local Supervisor of Elections website.
November 5 (Statewide): Early Voting EndsIf you cannot get to the polls on Election Day, and are not voting absentee, Saturday, November 5 is the last day you can influence this critical election by voting early. Please check your local Supervisor of Elections website for specific early voting dates, deadlines and locations in your county.
November 8 (Nationwide): 2016 General Election
Election Day! Visit FloridaElectionCentral.com for voter guides and other helpful information before you head to the polls. Encourage your family and friends to vote for principled leaders. Click here for a quick video we’ve created to help you share with others why its critical to vote.