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.
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.
Use a variety of means to educate our congregants on this initiative and ballot issues as well.
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.
Work to host at least one or more candidate forums.
Develop and use mechanisms to track that our members vote on November 6.
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
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?
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
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]
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
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