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The law dealing with political activity by churches bans on partisan intervention by endorsing or opposing candidates. Houses of worship are permitted to speak out on ballot referenda. However, the practice can still be divisive, since congregants may express different views on ballot questions. Religious groups that choose to speak out on ballot referenda should not expect to be immune from criticism. They should also be prepared to comply with state and local laws dealing with reporting requirements for spending.

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