Letter: Voter Turnout

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.

Shmuel L.

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  1. Here’s an idea: Put anyone who doesn’t vote into cheirim, as they are endangering our children and our families. If you don’t think voter apathy is sakanas nefashos, you are not paying attention.

    • David does the Vad Pay
      your taxes or your other bills? Let the Vad vote for who they like . We the people should’ve what is good for us we the taxpaying people Be a Mench don’t involve religion and Politics vote for what’s good for you family not what’s good for the Vad. The Torah doesn’t dictate who to vote for

      • thats not the attitude of a frum Yid, we are told how to tie our shoelaces surely we should follow Daas Torah who is our government. I am on HUD and SNAP so I dont have the issue of property taxes.

  2. I think that what’s important is simply that you vote — whether or not you vote for the Vaad candidates or even write in your grandmother. The point is just that policymakers should be aware that Lakewood residents vote, and are therefore a force to be reckoned with.
    However, schools must steer clear of heavyhanded tactics for ethical reasons (which could potentially cause a huge chilul Hashem and/or cause them to lose their tax exempt status).

  3. Punk Farkert! If anything tuition should come down if u vote. Not up. The mosdos made enough money with ppp. They are sitting with millions of dollars in all kinds of investments. I do agree we all need to vote. Just saying.

  4. What do you do if there are no good choice? Like in NY, where you have a choice between a liberal whose party is out to get frum schools, or a member of the new version of the GOP, whose running mate is the antithesis of morality. Do you vote for the Republican candidate because it is better for your school funding, even if it means your lieutenant governer is someone that you can’t even talk to your kids about, or do you go with the Democrat and worry about your schools getting closed down…

    • It’s a big problem, the Republicans are not what they used to be. Everything has shifted to the left, and there is nobody out there truly standing up for morality.

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