Voting Our UU Values
From your UUCE Social Justice Team
Federal, state, and local elections are being held this year on November 6. This election, like all others, provides those of us 18 years and older an opportunity to let our voice be heard. Perhaps more so than ever, candidates competing for a position represent disparate viewpoints on key issues, for example those pertaining to energy, the environment, gun control, healthcare, immigrant rights, social welfare, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and taxes.
The UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) is asking us to vote our UU values. To quote the advocacy action, “Voting Our Values is about claiming voting as not just a political matter of candidates and parties, but a matter of living out our UU values. When we vote, we exercise our 5th Principle—the use of the democratic process—on behalf of our other principles: the worth and dignity of each person; justice, equity and compassion; the free and responsible search for truth; the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of existence. Voting Our Values is about articulating what’s important to us in this election in terms of our UU values.”
So what implications might UU values have for voter issues? For example, the UUANI suggests voting for candidates who:
- Respect the worth and dignity of every human being and promote the general welfare of all.
- Work to end poverty and promote the empowerment of those most marginalized in society.
- Uphold the democratic process, including equal protection under the law and an end to mass incarceration.
- Promote the use of tools of peace over weapons of war among nations and in our communities.
- Pursue environmental policies that respect our interdependence and honor scientific truth.
Do you have a voice? It would be nice to hear it in this November’s election—your UU voice, voting our UU values.
Where do the Candidates Stand?
Knowing where each candidate in the upcoming election stands on the issues is crucial to voting our UU values. The table below shows where you can find information about candidates in the 6th, 8th, and 14th US Congressional Districts and the Illinois gubernatorial race. Investigate all the links for each candidate in the table to dig deeper into his/her detailed positions. To identify your current US representative and congressional district, go HERE
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|US Congressional District # 6||Incumbent||Peter Roskam|
|US Congressional District # 8||Incumbent||Raja Krishnamoorthi|
|Challenger||Jitendra (JD) Diganvker
|US Congressional District # 14||Incumbent||Randy Hultgren|
Remember that the regular voter registration deadline is Oct. 9 and the online registration deadline is October 21. To learn more about voter registration, including opportunities to register after the above deadlines, go HERE
To find out your state senator and representative and the numbers of the districts you live in, go HERE: