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Every Voice, Every Vote

Every Voice, Every Vote: Congregation Shaare Emeth’s 3rd Justice at the Center Campaign

We are joining with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Every Voice, Every Vote – a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the 2020 elections and to become educated on how Reform Jewish values can be represented in the public square.


Shaare Emeth’s Every Voice, Every Vote campaign will be focused on:

  • Keeping Shaare Emeth members informed of important dates and procedural information related to the August and November elections
  • Encouraging young and first-time voters to register in time for their votes to count
  • Educating our congregation about ballot measures that reflect Reform Jewish values
  • Engaging Shaare Emeth members to work to protect the right to vote for all Missourians

Important dates:

  • July 8 – Deadline to register to vote for the August Primary
  • July 22 – Deadline to request absentee ballot for the August Primary
  • August 4 – State Primary Election. Ballot issues include Medicaid Expansion
  • November 3 – National Election Day

Do you or your children need to register to vote?

Registration must be postmarked by July 8 for the August election.



Voting Safely in the Time of Covid-19

Judaism has always upheld that voting is a right we are obligated to exercise. Judaism also teaches that we must do whatever we can to protect our health and lives, and the lives of others. Therefore, we are thankful that ALL Missourians will be able to vote by mail for the August and November 2020 elections. You must request your absentee ballot by July 22.

Request your absentee ballot now for the August 4th election by clicking HERE.

The Need for Notaries

While all Missourians will be able to vote using an absentee ballot during the 2020 elections, many of those ballots will have to be notarized.


Your ballot DO NOT need to be notarized if you are:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Have other factors that put you at risk for contracting COVID
  • Are confined to your home due to illness
  • Are a permanent absentee voter


All other absentee voters will need their ballots notarized.


Congregation Shaare Emeth is partnering with numerous organizations including Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, JCRC and NCJW to put together a large group of notaries who will be available to notarize absentee ballots. It takes approximately one week to apply.


ClickHERE to learn how to become a notary.


If you are already a notary and would be interested in volunteering during this election season, please email Stacy Jespersen at [email protected].

 Heroes Act

Congress has passed and sent to the Senate for passage of the Heroes Act which will provide 3.6 billion dollars for election funding to help states set up safe voting practices. Senator Blunt is an advocate and committee chairman for the Heroes Act. If you believe that safe voting practices are important to our nation and state, contact Senator Blunt (202-224-5721) and ask him to vote for a Heroes Act that will include “Funding for Safe Elections.”

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