Be a mensch and vote!
As Jews, is it important to vote?
As partners with God in the act of fixing the world (tikkun olam), Jews believe that we have a very holy and real purpose in making the world a better place. Part of that is the responsibility to play an active role in the wider community and in choosing its leaders.
Historically, Jews have understood that wherever we live as citizens, we are bound in contract with that society, and we have to do what we can for the public good, even beyond what directly impacts us as a Jewish community. That’s why American Jews especially have always valued the right and responsibility of participating in the political process. We vote not just because of “Jewish issues” like Israel and Middle-East policy, but because we know that every election brings opportunities to make our entire society stronger, healthier, and better for the greater good.
In Pirkei Avot, we are taught “You do not need to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” We know that no single election may change the world, but every election is important, and we are not free to stand idly by. As Jews – and as citizens – we are obligated to get to the polls and vote, and to help others do the same.
Here are some steps you can take to fulfill your Jewish obligation and to make sure your voice is heard.
REGISTER TO VOTE OR CONFIRM YOU’RE REGISTERED TO VOTE:
IF YOU CAN’T GET TO THE POLLS, REGISTER AS A PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTER:
If you are elderly, disabled, have trouble standing in line, or otherwise have trouble getting to the polls, you will qualify for permanent absentee voting. Specific disabilities are not defined in the STL County Election Board statute. Print and mail this application form, and an absentee ballot will be mailed to your address prior to each election.
BECOME A VOTER POLL VOLUNTEER
One of the best ways to ensure a free and fair election is to support the process by signing up as a poll volunteer and assisting others to vote.
For more in-depth information on registering to vote and voting from The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, visit http://www.lwvstl.org/, or pick up a pamphlet at TI’s main office information wall.