Election Day is quickly approaching. Regardless of personal politics, we all agree that every citizen has the right to voice their opinion in our democracy, and vote as they wish. It's our patriotic, and Jewish, responsibility to celebrate our democracy, embrace our freedoms, and cast a vote that will do the most good for most people. If you're not old enough to vote yet, you can make sure your friends, family, and community members who can vote show up at the ballot box on Election Day.
Registering to vote is only half the battle. Young voter turnout in U.S. Elections is much lower than it should be. Let's change that this year. We must motivate our friends, our teammates, our school student bodies, and our communities to pledge to vote this November. We'll send important U.S. Election reminders about deadlines, voting procedures and Election Day information to ensure that voting is as easy as possible. It’s time for everyone to make a plan.
Working the polls is one of the best ways to make an impact on the election if you are too young to vote. More poll workers means shorter lines, more sites, higher turnout, and support for voters with special needs, who speak different languages, or who represent specific communities. You can be as young as 16 and in some states it's paid, too. Stand up as an ally this November.Sign Up
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Democracy has been a core value of the Jewish People since the beginning of our tradition. Judaism instills values in us that help inform our choices so that we can ensure our world is made better than we found it. We must choose leaders that represent the best of our community’s ideals, hopes, and values, and we are privileged to live in a society where we can have a say in that decision. Democracy works best when we all take part.
The Voice Your Vote campaign is an excellent opportunity to get more involved in politics, explore the issues that are important to you, and celebrate democracy. Join the fun by planning an event exclusively for your chapter, your community, or that’s open to Jewish teens worldwide via BBYO On Demand. You can host a watch party for a debate (on both state and national levels), host elected representatives, candidates, or community leaders as a special guest experience, or gather your friends for a fun democracy-inspired activity.
Make the youth voice heard and show the world the future we wish to build. Whether it's a local effort or national effort — through the BBYO network you can reach thousands of teens and adults across the United States. Explore easy actions you can take to begin mobilizing your community.
Register and Pledge Hundreds of Voters
Organize Community Events Online or In-Person
Work the Polls in Your Local Community
Promote Important Deadlines and Election Updates
Voting should be easy. There are hundreds of websites that have details on the voting process and educational tools about this year's candidates. Use the links below to find the information you need to make your voting experience as smooth and informed as possible. If you can't vote yourself, the resources below will help you register others, advise others where they can vote, and educate voters on this year's most important issues. Not to mention, it's good to learn how to be involved early. In some states, you can register to vote in advance of being eighteen.
1. Vote early in person
2. Use a ballot drop box
3. Drop off your ballot at an election office or polling station
4. Organize a community ballot collection
If you have questions about voting, call 866-OUR-VOTE.
Explore these links to learn more about political parties, issues, candidates, and voter education initiatives. Have an issue you care about that you'd like to see featured here? Email us!
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