Government Outreach and Voter Engagement

Voting and Judaism

Tzedek tzedek tirdof, or justice, justice shall you pursue — this is the guiding imperative of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Our tradition teaches that we have an obligation to secure access to health care, welcome immigrants, care for those in poverty, ensure fair wages, and much more. We can impact the way the United States lives out these principles by voting.

Purpose of Committee  

To help ensure fair, informative, engaged, and safe voting policies and procedures to strengthen NCJW’s impact and engagement within the community. To know more about this committee and/or to join the committee please contact its Chairperson, Honi Goldman, at honigoldman@gmail.com.

Information to Know

Even though the Kentucky Primary Elections won’t be until next Spring (May 17, 2022), please keep the following in mind: 

1.     Register or check your registration info at www.GoVoteKY.com.  Since many people have been purged from the voting rolls or have changed their last name and/or moved, everyone needs to make sure that all their voting information is correct, including phone numbers and email address.  If a person does not have internet access, they can call the Jefferson County Board of Elections at 502.574.6100.

2.     A change in your political party affiliation must be done before December 31, 2021.  Kentucky has closed primaries, so a person can only vote for the candidates of the party in which they registered.  Independents will only be able to vote in the May primary for non-partisan races, such as the judicial races.

3.     Encourage people who will turn 18 years old ON or before Tuesday, November 8, 2022 to register to vote now.  They can then vote in the Kentucky May Primary even at 17 years old.  The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 May primary is Monday, April 18, 2022

4.     “Can I vote with a felony conviction?” If you are a United States citizen, answer the key questions about your conviction(s) and determine if you are eligible to vote right now, or eligible to go through the process to restore your right to vote.

https://civilrightsrestoration.ky.gov/Pages/qualify.aspx

5.     Kentucky’s primary is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Why Kentucky Legislative Redistricting Matters to You

  • Kentucky’s House and Senate members will soon redraw all federal, state and local government districts. Your elected officials will be impacted with many being reassigned to different areas or eliminated. Citizens need to choose who represents them, not the legislators.
  • NCJW, Louisville Section and the Jewish Community Relations Council hosted a webinar in May 2021 featuring Dee Pregliasco, League of Women Voters Kentucky Vice-President,  Redistricting Chair, who explained how redistricting Kentucky’s legislature districts affects Metro, State, and Federal elected officials., why it matters, and how people can voice their opinions.
  • Watch the recording here

More information can be found at govoteky.com or by calling your local County Clerk’s office

National NCJW voting endeavors can be found here.