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This Election Season, Make Your Voice Heard

This Election Season, Make Your Voice Heard

Election season has arrived! While the general election won’t be held until November 4, most states will be holding primary elections in the next two months, beginning next week with Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. (You can find out the date of your state’s primary here.)

Remember that voting in primaries is just as, if not more important, than voting in general elections. Especially in this era of polarized electoral districts, primary elections play a major role in determining the composition of federal, state and local legislative bodies—and low turnout means that your vote really counts.

As Jews and Americans, we have a duty to participate in elections to ensure that our country’s policies at the local, state and national levels reflect our commitment to social justice. In Talmud B’rachot 55a, we are reminded that, “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted,” illustrating the importance of many voices in choosing our leaders. Fast forward from Talmudic times, and we still find that today, every vote counts, playing a key role in setting leadership and policy agendas.

This year, you can also check out the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Get Out the Vote 2014 guide for tools, resources, and all the information your congregation needs to plan a successful voter engagement effort in advance of Election Day in November. The guide can also be adapted for use within the broader community. Download your copy of the Get Out the Vote 2014 guide today.

Charlie Arnowitz is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where he is responsible for a portfolio of issues including civil rights, immigration, and healthcare issues. He is a native of Highland Park, IL, and a 2013 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.

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