By Efraim M. for COLlive.com
I have previously explained how important it is for everyone in the Jewish community of Crown Heights to vote, and I’ve given examples where that has affected us personally. Now it’s time to act.
There are many eligible voters who are not registered, and it is crucial that they pick up a form at the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and mail it in, or print this and send it in, or register online as soon as possible.
Obviously, on election day everyone must go out and participate so that we can finally elect politicians who have our interests in mind. Those who work should know that employers are legally required to allow all of their employees to vote, even if that means letting them leave work for a bit to do so.
School principles and teachers must encourage all students (both bochurim and girls) who are 18 and older to register right away and to be ready to vote on election day.
We all know that Hashem runs the world and that we are required to have faith in Him. At the same time, Hashem commanded us not to rely on miracles and to do our “hishtadlus” (human effort) in ways that accord with the natural order of things. This is why we go to work to earn a livelihood, buy food to sustain ourselves, and seek medical care when our bodies require it.
Voting is no different. In order to effectuate change and ensure that our needs are met, we must be politically active and engaged, since that is the only means through which our voices can be heard.
We are blessed to live in a country where everyone has the right and privilege to vote. But voting is also a responsibility, and one who does not take part but subsequently complains about anything related to the government or politics has only themselves to blame for not doing their part to change it. And if we don’t get involved now, the problem of local antisemitism might get worse, as more politicians who don’t care about our safety get elected.
The presidential primaries will be on Tuesday, 4 Iyar 5780 / April 28, 2020.
Local primaries for statewide offices will be on Tuesday, 1 Tammuz 5780 / June 23, 2020.
The general election for president, Congress, State Senate and Assembly will be on Tuesday, 16 Cheshvan 5781 / November 3, 2020.
In the June 23 primary, we have a real chance to elect a frum Yid to Congress who will advocate for our interests and concerns. Let’s not squander this major opportunity, for who knows if it will ever present itself again. The deadline to switch to the Democrat party and be eligible to vote in this primary is February 14. For first time registrations please see the dates here.
So once more, if you haven’t registered yet please do so right away and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you’re registered but not as a Democrat, please change your party affiliation as soon as possible (details are explained here) so that you can help elect Chaim Deutsch. And most importantly, every single person must vote on election day.
Together as a community, we can make a big difference, and with Hashem’s help see real change from our elected officials, the undoing of destructive policies that enable antisemitic attacks, and the enactment of new laws that will prevent them in the future. You have the power to radically change the situation for the better, don’t wait until it is too late, act now, register and vote!