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Every Voice, Every Vote: Ballot measures

Ballot measures are a form of nonpartisan direct democracy: voters pass policies that become law. We will support select state-level ballot measure campaigns that advance Reform Jewish values.

 

 Resources for the shabbat preceding the election

 

Reform Movement-Supported Ballot Initiatives

For fact sheets on each of the ballot initiatives the Reform Movement is supporting, see below.

  • California - RAC-CA’s first priority is a supporting a ballot measure that would provide $4 billion a year for affordable housing. Some Reform Congregations in the state are also working to oppose a ballot measure that would partially rollback criminal justice ballot measures Prop 47 and Prop 57 which we previously helped pass. 

  • Ohio - This November, Reform OH is supporting Issue 1, the Neighborhood Safety Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment. This ballot initiative will reinvest money currently spent incarcerating low level, nonviolent drug offenders into community mental health, drug treatment and prevention programs. 

  • Florida - Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting, but we can change that this fall by passing the Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4), which would make history by restoring voter eligibility to 1.4 million Floridians who currently cannot vote because they have a felony conviction.

  • Massachusetts - This November, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote to uphold transgender rights in the state (Yes on Question 3). In 2016, a bipartisan majority of the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) passeda law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. There is now a veto referendum on the ballot. A “yes on 3” vote upholds protections for transgender people in Massachusetts. Register for Jewish Community canvass days on October 7 and November 4! 

  • Washington - The Reform Movement is seeking to leverage the full power of the Washington Reform Jewish community to pass Initiative 1639, which would raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon to 21, enhance existing background check laws, establish waiting periods during assault weapon purchases, and put in place other commonsense gun violence prevention measures. 
      

General Resources

  • Planning Your Community's Civic Engagement Work - Having a clear plan for your community’s civic engagement efforts can help ensure your efforts are successful. Use this resource as a guide to start your work off on the right track.

  • Rules for 501(c)3 Nonprofit Civic Engagement - Voter and candidate engagement work conducted in a nonpartisan way does not constitute prohibited activities and will not jeopardize your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. 

  • Civic Engagement Jewish Text Studies - Use the following texts, commentaries, and discussion questions to help root your Reform Jewish community’s civic engagement efforts in Jewish values and teachings

 

Communications and Publicity Resources

 

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