“We Christians are not to withdraw ourselves and refuse or neglect to go to the polls and vote. We have a Christian duty and obligation to vote for the particular candidate that we believe to be best qualified for the job he is seeking.”
Billy Graham, New Orleans, 1954
Why Register Christian Voters?
The percentage of mid-term voters identified as “Protestant” declined from 55 percent in 2010, to 53 percent in 2014, to 47 percent in 2018. This trend is reversible if churches accept the challenge to register Christian Voters.
In the 2018 mid-term elections, only 26 percent of voters identified as evangelical, and only 35 percent identified as orthodox Christian. As Christian influence on American society continues to decline, it is more important than ever that Christians exercise their "Christian duty and obligation to vote" as the Rev. Billy Graham described it. We must participate in the process. The Jonathan Project's goal is to grow the participation of Christians by encouraging them to vote their values at the polls.
Why the Jonathan Project?
More than 40 percent of evangelical voters are not registered to vote. In the 2016 and 2018 elections, 42 percent of evangelicals did not vote nationwide, according to Pew Research. Imagine the different if they were registered and did vote. The Jonathan Project, an IRS C-3 nonprofit, encourages all evangelical Christians to vote using a proven method of targeting and appealing to the issues and values important to Christian voters.
"I am grateful to the Jonathan Project for their focused efforts to encourage Christians to vote and express their faith and values at the ballot box. God has blessed this nation immensely, and as Christians we need to take seriously the responsibility of researching, praying, and voting. I tell people often that every election is important—local, state, and federal—and that every vote counts. Sometimes elections are determined by just a few votes. We should all pray and vote for qualified candidates whose records most closely align with biblical principles. Thank you Jonathan Project for faithfully communicating this important truth to churches across the nation." - Franklin Graham
"If you see the need for turning out Christians who don't ordinarily vote, who are not registered, and that you can make a difference in your area, then I hope that you will support the Jonathan Project because it will be money well used.” - Dr. James Dobson