Election Season 2020

“A ruler is not be appointed unless the community is first consulted.” - Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Yehuda ibn Gayyat

As Reform Jews, we work for a world where all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion. One of the easiest ways to make our voices heard is at the ballot box. The Reform Movement is working toward maximum voter engagement across the US. Will you join us?

Here are three key ways to have an impact.

1. VOTE!

Are you registered to vote? First, check your state’s voter registration deadline, then register to vote. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered or want to be sure your information is updated and correct, check your voter registration status now.

To cast your ballot in the 2020 election, request an absentee ballot in your state or find your polling location.

Have questions? Just contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.

2. GET OUT THE VOTE.

As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when everyone participates – and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process or choose not to engage.

Join the Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign to turn out voters and fight voter suppression. This campaign encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote and to break down obstacles that shut some out of the voting booth.

One way to participate is by joining us every Wednesday night for Every Voice, Every Vote: Every Week, Zoom-based action nights that include a brief introduction to our campaign and opportunities to celebrate our work before teaching you how to use that evening's voter engagement tool (phone banking, text banking, etc). We will spend the rest of the call engaging in that work together. 

Use the Empower Tool to help the people you know to register and to vote.

3. MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER'S VOICE COUNTS

Starting today, you can take action from home or in person by serving as a nonpartisan Election Protection volunteer. Sign up to volunteer.

Consider becoming a poll worker. With less than only a few weeks between now and November 3rd, the country is facing a shortage of poll workers, which could lead to closed polling places and long delays. Consider becoming a poll worker to help ensure elections are accessible, fair and efficient.

In making your decision, remember that pikuach nefeshpikuach nefeshפִּקּוּחַ נֶפֶשׁThe concept that saving a life overrides all other biblical commandments. , saving human life, is Judaism’s highest mitzvah. Especially in the midst of a pandemic, we encourage you to care for your health and safety first by heeding the advice of experts and following CDC guidelines when making decisions about in-person activity. Whether you choose to be a poll worker, a nonpartisan Election Protection volunteer  or mobilize remotely to get out the vote on Election Day, join Every Voice, Every Vote to take action to strengthen our democracy between now and November.