Doing Our Part to Combat Voter Suppression
by Nancy Cohen
June 26, 2020
As Jews, we have a duty and an obligation to repair the world, and the work of tikkun olam manifests itself in many different ways. In a democratic society, everyone’s voice should be heard, especially at the ballot box. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) reminds us that “voter suppression has long plagued the U.S. election system, particularly impacting communities of color. Today, underrepresented communities continue the fight for equal access to the ballot”. As we look towards this fall, we will work towards including everyone in our democratic process of voting. As the RAC says, “democracy is strongest when everyone participates—and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process or choose not to engage.” Working with RAC-Ohio, we have an opportunity to engage with potential voters in the greater Dayton community by educating individuals on the voting process, helping them to register, and encouraging them to show up at the polls.
For this initiative, RAC-Ohio is partnering with an organization called Ohio Votes, which is coordinating nonpartisan voter outreach activities. In this age of COVID, we are still able to reach out to potential voters in the comfort of our homes by phone- and text-banking. Ohio Votes has developed an app for reaching out to voters and has scripts available to help you complete your contacts. And best of all, they will provide us with a recorded Zoom training that we can use to learn about the process.
Please consider participating in this important work of our democracy, which will help us to reach our goal as Reform Jews of building a more just and compassionate world. If you would like to join this effort or would like more information, contact Nancy Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-307-4792.