As election season is upon us, here are a few ideas that might help increase our community voter turnout.
We all know the importance of participating in the elections. The main currencies that politicians take into account is voting as a bloc, and large voter turnout. If we as a community will have high voter turnout, vote as a bloc; we as a community will receive more in return.
We should start posting pictures of our Rabbonim voting. This is done in Israel successfully, we should copy it here as well. It brings out the importance to the people, as they say ” A picture is worth more than a thousand words.”
Another idea is that the Askonim should make a movement, that in every shul before leining the rav should speak about voter participation.
The third idea is a radical idea, but in my opinion could and should be done. Being that the mosdos are major beneficiaries of the voter participation (programs, grants, etc.). If you do not vote, your tuition will go up by one hundred dollars a month per child (I think voter participation logs are public, if they are not public the school can make a form for the parent to sign that they participated in the election).
I recognize these ideas are not perfect. In my opinion the cause is too great for us to sit by idly. If you agree or disagree, I hope that the importance of this letter will at least encourage you to go out and vote.
Lastly, if you have any other ideas please post a reply, so that hopefully some will be adopted as a community for the betterment of the issues that are dear to us and our children.
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