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"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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    CANDIDATES AND ISSUES


    How do I find out who represents me, on a local, state, and federal level
    (with contact info)?

    If you live in New York City, you can find out who your councilperson is here. If you live in New York State, you can find your Assemblyperson, State Senator, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator here.

    How do I find out if what the candidates are saying is true?

    Head to FactCheck.org or Politifact.com, nonpartisan websites that aim to set the record straight.

    How do I acquaint myself with my candidate's positions on various issues?

    There are numerous nonpartisan resources available that tell you where your candidate stands, including:

    InsideGov.com, which allows you to filter by party, issue, and candidate.

    ISideWith.com, which offers a quiz to help you find out which candidate aligns with your views.

    Council on Foreign Relations, which focuses primarily on issues related to foreign policy and the environment.

    What are the latest polls saying?

    There are many poll sites out there, but two that are especially helpful are
    Five Thirty Eight, a site run by pollster Nate Silver, and Real Clear Politics.

    How do I find out who's running in an upcoming election?

    For a comprehensive guide to who's running in New York, click here.

  • Rabbi Yitzhak taught, "A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted."


    - Talmud, B'rachot 55a


    VOTING


    How do I find my polling place?

    Click here to locate your polling place.

    I may already be registered to vote. How do I find out?

    Click here to find out if you are currently registered to vote.

    What if I am out of the country or, if a resident of New York City, out of the city on Election Day; unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because I am the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled?

    You will need to vote by absentee ballot. Click here to access the New York State Board of Elections page.

    Can I vote if I am a student whose primary residence is in another district or state?

    Yes! Click here for more information on how students can vote.

    How do I vote if I am overseas with the military?

    Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York. This entitles them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state, and local races that they would otherwise be entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place, based on their New York residence. Click here to access the New York State Board of Elections page.

    How do I make changes to my address or change my party affiliation?

    Click here to visit the New York State Board of Elections page with information on how to do both.

    How can I become a poll worker?

    Click here to learn more or call 866.VOTE.NYC. Make a difference and get paid!


  • "The most important political office is that of private citizen."


    - Justice Louis D. Brandeis


  • Voting, Elections, and Citizenship: An Intergenerational Conversation
    Grandparents and grandchildren sit down to discuss issues pertinent to our time: voting, elections, and what it means in this day and age to be a good citizen.

  • "I urge all members of the Jewish community to fulfill their obligations by registering as soon as possible, and by voting. By this, we can express our appreciation and contribute to the continued security of our community."


    - Rav Moshe Feinstein z"l