News & Press
The following is an opinion written in Morning Consult by Doug Pagitt, executive director of Vote Common Good: As states around the country certify final vote tallies, a surprising picture is starting to emerge around one of the reasons President Donald Trump did not...
As the 2020 election neared, a group of pastors morally repulsed by American faith leaders urging their congregations to vote for Trump took action - they rented Weird Al Yankovic's old tour bus and traveled for months across the country to urge evangelical voters...
Business Insider – Evangelical voters help put Trump in the White House. They also helped deny him a second term.
The following is an opinion written in Business Insider by Doug Pagitt, executive director of Vote Common Good: As complete data from battleground states across the country filters in, the picture of the 2020 electorate is beginning to take shape. And while he made...
Vote Common Good inspired, energized, and mobilized people of faith to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and thereby prevented the re-election of Donald Trump.
We will continue to work to provide alternatives to “Trumpism” for faith voters.
What We Did and Will Do
Many Christian voters recognize that their faith calls them to oppose the policies and approaches that characterized the Trump administration. In 2020, for many of these voters, their primary commitment was not to switch parties it was to be faithful to their beliefs and convictions and to make the common good their voting criteria. The behavior of Donald Trump made it impossible for them to continue to support him.
The emergence of a misguided approach to “America First” has caused many of them to resist the blazoned nationalism and to “seek first the kingdom of God” as it relates to goodness, kindness, justice, truth, and decency.
We were confident that 5-15% of the Christian vote wanted an “exit ramp” from supporting the Trump administration. We worked to help them see and take that exit.
We accomplished this goal across the country and in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We saw that change on election day and know that it prevented Donald Trump from winning re-election.
90+ events in 41 states traveling over 40,000 miles
Hundreds of local and national press stories
Billboards posted in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Postcards & Yard Signs
Mailed over 25,000 postcards to faith voters and displayed thousands of yard signs around the country
Sign-On Letters & Endorsements
Thousands of faith leaders endorsed Biden and signed-on to letters encouraging others to speak out against Trump
Compelling videos that have reached thousands on social media and beyond
We Will Continue To Flip The Script of Faith and Politics in America.
As we look to 2021 and beyond we are not satisfied with only flipping The White House, but we are committed to continuing to flipping the script . . . the way we do politics in America.
Flipping the script means changing the narrative that has under-girded white Evangelical and Catholic support for “Trumpism Republicans” who, for a variety of reasons, have put other priorities over the common good.
Flipping the script also includes changing the narratives among the two main political parties. The Democrat Party often feels resistant to connecting with religiously-minded voters, while the Republican Party is held hostage by religious extremism.
We will work hard to help both parties engage Common Good religiously oriented voters in ways that will add benefit to their political expression and not allow religion to be a wedge issue in our politics.