Time To Register To Vote

October 2, 2014
Election Day is on Tuesday November 4 – which is coming up very soon, meaning it’s time to make sure that you are registered to vote! Our votes will determine who will be representing us on Capitol Hill, for 36 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. When you go to the polls this year, you will not only have the opportunity to weigh in on federal elections, but also a myriad of critical state races that are happening as well.  36 states will be choosing a new governor this November and there are 12514 state legislative contests in 47 states. Hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country will also be choosing new mayors and council members. 40 states will also be voting on 139 ballot measures, such as Massachusetts’ Ballot Question 4 on Paid Sick Days. No matter for whom you vote this election, it is important that you raise your voice on the critical issues that matter to you! Our tradition teaches us that we are collectively responsible to choose our elected leaders. Rabbi Yitzchak also taught that “a ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted” (Babylonian Talmud, B’rachot 55a). The ethics of political participation has guided Jews to enthusiastically participate in the electoral process. We need to make sure that this strong participation holds true this November: ensure you are registered to vote on Election Day 5775. The RAC also has a special guide to Get Out the Vote, a Do’s and Don’ts Guide for Non-Profits centered around election time, and materials aimed specifically for first time voters. We also have graphics made to share on Twitter as well as to make your Facebook profile picture and Facebook cover photo. Voter registration deadlines are coming up in every state (except for in North Dakota, which does not have voter registration.) We have a full list of upcoming voter registration deadlines, organized by timing: October 4
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
October 5
  • Alaska
  • Mississippi
  • Rhode Island
October 6
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington
October 7
  • Illinois
  • New Mexico
October 8
  • Missouri
October 10
  • Idaho
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
Didn’t see your state on here? You still have a few days to get your voter registration in – be sure to check out Vox’s resource on voter registration deadlines and mark your states on your calendar. Don’t let these deadlines sneak up on you: make sure that you register to vote today.  

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