Welcome to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue's Get Out the Vote campaign.
We're in the home stretch and there’s a lot to do. On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Hirsch reminded all of us that “We must be willing to fight for our principles. We must reject extremism on all sides. We must be willing to vote.”
While voting alone is important, there is much more to do — there are many others out there whose voices need to be counted!
Below please find materials and information to help you get involved. We invite you to join us in getting out the vote!
If you have any questions, please reach out to our social justice program associate, Steven Morris, at or (212) 877-4050, ext. 263.
Dan Berkowitz, Amy Bressler and Eileen Remor
Domestic Civil Liberties Task Force Co-Chairs
This site provides all information and links to resources on voting, including who can vote, registering to vote, deadlines and polling places for any state, including New York.
This resource is created by Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the status quo by using technology to power democracy. Democracy Works, also created TurboVote, where you can sign up for voting reminders by text or email, including one the day before the election with your voting place and ballot information.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020: Early Voting In-person
Find your early-voting polling place here.
Note: in NYC, you must go to your designated early-voting polling place. Outside of NYC, you may vote at any early-voting polling place in your county.
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New York's voter registration lookup tool.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be received at the Board of Elections by October 27. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. Request an application be mailed to you using the New York City Absentee Ballot Request or download the New York State Absentee Ballot Application.
Did you know?
- Many experts suggest requesting an absentee ballot even if you're planning to vote in-person (either early or on Election Day), just in case things change.
- You may mail your absentee ballot (on or before November 3) or drop it off at any polling place (you shouldn't have to wait in line).
- If you mail or drop-off your absentee ballot in NY State, you may also vote in person and your in-person vote will override your absentee ballot.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Election Day – vote in person
Details on all steps of the process are included in How to Vote - New York.
ELECTION DAY: PROTECTING OUR ELECTION
Protect Our Election
Join Election Protection and protect our right to vote. Thousands of lawyers and voting rights activists volunteer to ensure every voter’s voice is heard at the polls.
GET OUT THE VOTE
Phone Banking with the RAC and GOTV Check-In
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
Phone Banking: 6-8 p.m.
Check-In: 8-8:30 p.m.
With less than a week before the election is over, please join us, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Reclaim our Vote for remote phone banking. Together virtually, we'll call voters in key states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas and urge them to get to the polls.
After calling, Stephen Wise's Get Out the Vote contingent will check back in to share stories and inspire each other as the election approaches.
Phone and Text Banking
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s "Every Voice, Every Vote" is the Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign. It offers many ways to get involved, including by phone and text banking:
– October 28 (6–8 p.m. ET): Phone bank with Reclaim Our Vote to voters in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona, or Florida (see above)
– October 29 (6–8 p.m. ET): Call voters in Florida in partnership with the New Florida Majority Education Fund.
– Recently, news broke that incorrect ballots were sent to 28,879 voters in Allegheny County, PA. It is critical that these voters know about the issue, and return the corrected ballot in a timely manner. We have committed to contacting as many of these voters as possible. Sign up now to contact Pennsylvania voters.
Environmental Voter Project is offering phone banking almost every day geared towards getting people out to vote on environmental issues. Join them for phone banking: October 26, 27, 28, 29; and November 1, 2, 3
Dayenu is texting and calling around environmental issues from a Jewish perspective on various days in October.
Texting voters: October 27; and November 1 from 5:30–8 p.m.
Phone banking: October 29; and November 2 from 5:30–8 p.m.
Reclaim Our Vote-Manhattan
Phone Banking: October 29, 3-5 p.m.
PAST STEPHEN WISE EVENTS
We all want a fair and equal election. We all want a fair and equal election. On August 11, we were joined by former Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane as she shared with our community her experience of how some politicians, groups and municipalities try to limit and restrict voter turnout — usually disproportionately affecting communities of color. During this program, we learned what voter suppression tactics we should look for during this election cycle and began combating them by sending targeted postcards to low-propensity voters of color in states with restrictive voting laws.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy and the Future of the Supreme Court
Activist. Trailblazer. Supreme Court Justice. Cultural Icon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg z"l was all these things and more. As a community, we mourn her passing — but we also remember her enduring legacy. Lawyer, cultural historian and author Linda Hirshman looked back at her accomplishments. Then we turned to the future of the Supreme Court and our democracy with Douglas Keith, counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.
Co-sponsored by the Domestic Civil Liberties Task Force and the Women's Organization.