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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 November election.
  • 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:

  • September 22: First day of in-person absentee voting at the Board of Elections (725 NW Plaza Drive, St. Ann, Mo 63074) 
  • October 1: Drive-Thru Notary at Congregation Shaare Emeth begins  
  • October 7: Last Day for first-time voters to register to vote. Recommended date to request absentee ballot or mail-in ballot to ensure delivery.  
  • October 22: Absentee Voting Satellite Sites will open 
  • November 3: National Election Day  

Voting absentee or mail-in?

Election protection has a handy FAQ on how to best deliver your ballot, even if your ballot was lost in the mail. View it here.

Do you or your children need to register to vote?

Registration must be postmarked October 7 for the November election.  

Click here to register to vote online: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterregistration/ 

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 absentee for the November election by checking the religious belief or practice.   

Mail-in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5 p.m. on November 3.  

What is the difference between a mail-in ballot and an absentee ballot? Click here for more information.

Drive-Thru Notary at Congregation Shaare Emeth

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 DOES 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 and all mail-in, no-excuse ballots must be notarized.

To help our congregation and the community get the necessary signatures to submit their absentee ballots, Shaare Emeth is offering a Drive-Thru Notary service from October 1 – November 1.

Click here for dates, times and protocol for our Drive-Thru Notary.

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