Less than one week from today is Election Day! Voters across New York State (and all the states in the Union) will have the opportunity to go to the polls and weigh in on the critical issues that matter to them. In addition to voting for our representatives in Washington, D.C. there are key elections in New York State that need your input: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, state senate, state assembly and three ballot measures. No matter how you vote, it is important to make your voice heard.
Here are the three ballot measures that New Yorkers will consider on November 4:
- Creating an independent panel to redraw state legislative district lines every ten years
- Permitting electronic copies of bills instead of requiring paper versions for the legislature
- Authorizing a two billion dollar Bond Act to support technology updates in schools
Also, remember that New York State requires voters to be registered at least 25 days prior to an election—there is no same-day voter registration.
Here are some key questions to keep in mind as you get ready to vote on Tuesday!
- Do you know where your voting precinct is located?
- Have you made arrangements with your employer to ensure that you are able to vote?
- Are you voting for the first time in New York State?
- Do you know what local races will be on your ballot?
The Religious Action Center has prepared a helpful guide for congregations and clergy on the rules for religious non-profit organizations during election season. We want to ensure that everyone is well-informed on the Dos and Don’ts, so be sure to read through the guide and to contact us with any questions.
Here are some helpful resources for Election 2014:
- New York State Board of Elections
- League of Women Voters of New York State
- New York Public Interest Research Group
- Common Cause
- Citizens Union
- New York Civil Liberties Union
Our tradition teaches, “This is the generation and those who seek its welfare” (Psalms 24:6). Rabbi Judah the Patriarch and the sages differed in this matter. One opinion was that the character of the generation is determined by its leader. According to the other opinion, the character of the leader is determined by the generation. (Talmud Arachin 17a)
A community with the opportunity to choose its own leadership makes a statement about its own character by virtue of the choice it makes. We are therefore responsible for creating a community that fosters the growth of good leadership and choosing wisely among the candidates who wish to govern. Both of the opinions in the passage from the Talmud quoted above express the belief that a leader’s character is causally related to that of his or her generation. What we do, or don’t do, on Election Day will define the character of our nation. Read more from the RAC’s 2014 Election Guide.
It is our civic duty to register promptly, educate ourselves about the critical issues and VOTE!