The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Election Day 2014 (Tuesday November 4) is right around the corner, and we hope that you will exercise your democratic freedom and vote in this important election!
This election cycle, vital political, economic and moral issues of concern to all Americans are at stake. As Jews and American citizens, we have an obligation to vote in the elections to ensure that our country’s policies at the local, state and national levels reflect our commitment to social justice. Every vote counts and plays a defining role in setting policy agendas.
In the last midterm election in 2010, according to civicyouth.org, over a quarter of college students reported that they did not register to vote because they did not know where or how to register, or they missed the deadline. Studies show that young people (ages 18 to 29) could cast the critical votes in some U.S. Senate races, so we want to make sure you are registered and ready to vote in these crucial elections.
Here are some ways to get started:
How do Jewish values connect with participating in elections?
Our tradition teaches us that we have a collective responsibility to choose our leaders. Rabbi Hillel taught: Al tifros min hatzibur, "Do not separate yourself from the community" (Pirkei Avot 2:4). Rabbi Yitzchak also taught that "a ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted" (Babylonian Talmud, B'rachot 55a). This ethic of political participation has guided Jews to enthusiastically participate in the electoral process and is epitomized by traditionally strong Jewish voter turnout.
We hope that you will take advantage of your right to vote, and make your voice heard this Election Season!
Visit the RAC's GOTV page to download our toolkit of resources, and read more on RACBlog about Voting Rights, Elections, and Campaign Finance Reform.