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Vote Your Values

Vote Your Values: A Reform Movement National Civic Engagement Campaign

Through our Justice at the Center listening campaign we learned that the members of Congregation Shaare Emeth care deeply about issues of racial, economic and educational inequity here in St. Louis.  Right now, the best way to begin to address these concerns is to vote for candidates and issues that represent our values in these areas.  Therefore, we are embarking on a nonpartisan Civic Engagement campaign — Vote Your Values — to achieve 100% voting by every eligible member of Shaare Emeth in the midterm elections. Through a variety of means we will educate, register, engage, motivate, prepare, and enable 100% of voting age Shaare Emeth members to vote in 2018.

Our Goals

  • 100% voter registration by all eligible members of Shaare Emeth
  • Voting in the Midterm Elections by 100% of registered voters in our congregation, including college students and homebound members
  • Educating our entire congregation on the issues on the ballot in November
  • Canvassing for the bipartisan supported Clean Act, Amendment 1
  • Training members to help with Voter Protection on Election Day

 

Make the Pledge to Vote and Get Involved HERE.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outreach to College Students
Contact college students to make sure they are registered and have a voting plan.

Drive People to the Polls
Drive congregants who need rides to the polls.

Voter Education
Use a variety of means to educate our congregants on this initiative and ballot issues as well.

Voter Protection
Participate in training to work on election day as part of the Voter Protection Coalition.

Canvass for Amendment 1
Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri) organizers will train us to educate our congregation on this issue which will include making calls and knocking on doors.

Candidate Forums
Work to host at least one or more candidate forums.

Voting Accountability
Develop and use mechanisms to track that our members vote on November 6.

 

Important Voting Information

Are you registered to vote? Find out HERE.

If you are not registered to vote you can do so by clicking HERE by October 10, 2018.

Not in town on November 6? Request an absentee ballot by clicking HERE by Wed Oct 31, 2018, 5:00PM CDT

Missouri has changed its Voter ID requirements. Click HERE to get all the information you need about what you need to bring to the polls.

Local Election Authorities

St. Louis County Board of Elections
725 Northwest Plaza Dr.
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 615-1800
FAX (314) 615-1999/ (314) 615-1998/ (314) 615-1970
Website: http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections
St. Louis City Board of Elections
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 622-4336
FAX (314) 622-3587
Website: http://www.stlelections.com/

Amendment 1: Clean Missouri

“Amendment 1 will ensure fair and competitive elections so elected officials cannot take their voters for granted and must earn their support.”  – Former U.S. Senator John Danforth (R-Mo) quoted by Clean Missouri Organization

Amendment 1 will make the Missouri General Assemble (our legislature) more transparent, limit the power of big money in our legislature, and ensure we are able to hold legislators accountable when they fail to act in the public interest.

How will it do that?

  1. Require that legislative records be open to the public
  2. Require politicians to wait 2 years before becoming lobbyists
  3. Eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly
  4. Lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
  5. Ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census.

Amendment 1 Endorsements: cleanmissouri.org/support 

For more information, go to cleanmissouri.org

 

Dates to Remember:

Missouri General Election:  Nov 6, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline:  Wed Oct 10, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:00PM CDT

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tue Nov 6, 2018

Protect the Vote as a Non-Partisan Poll Monitor

Help ensure that people can exercise their right to vote.  Become a Poll Monitor!

Poll Monitors commit to taking at least one two-hour shift on Election Day, November 6th, to stand outside of an assigned polling location. They distribute “Know Your Rights” cards to voters, answer basic questions from voters at the polls, and help voters resolve any problems that occur, with the help of trained legal professionals.

Poll Monitors are voters’ first line of defense against suppression tactics, confusing laws, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to making themselves heard.

To participate, you need training, but Shaare Emeth has made that easy to do!  There will be two training sessions held at Shaare Emeth:

Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 21st at 9:30 a.m.

These Poll Monitor Training Sessions are open both to Shaare Emeth members and anyone else who wants to participate, so bring a friend or two or more! This opportunity is open to anyone in high school or older.  Students under the age of 18 will not be working alone on Election Day.  They will be paired with an adult.

To reserve your spot for training, please email Holly Bernstein at [email protected]

Jewish Values and Voting

A man once came before the Chazon Ish (a Russian-born Orthodox rabbi, 1878-1953) and explained that he didn’t have enough money to pay his taxes and, therefore, would not be allowed to vote in an upcoming election. The Chazon Ish responded: “You should sell your tefillin and pay the taxes… tefillin, you can borrow from another, but the right to vote you cannot get from someone else.”

This story tells us that voting is so important that one should sell one’s tefillin—a symbol of one’s commitment to observing the mitzvot, or commandments—in order to do so. Reform Judaism views voting as a sacred obligation that is incumbent upon us as equal citizens in a democratic society. 

To read more about Jewish values and voting, visit myjewishlearning.com 

 

Jewish Values and Voting: Media & Resources

mitzVOTE Campaign from Hillel International 

 

Voter Engagement Toolkit from The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: Click HERE

 

Blog Post: Ensuring Jewish Voices and Values in the Public Square, By Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner of the Union for Reform Judaism: HERE

 

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