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What You Need to Know

The November 3rd General Election will be held primarily through vote by mail.  All registered New Jersey voters will automatically receive a prepaid return-postage vote-by-mail ballot from their County Clerks. In Union County, mailing of ballots will be completed by Monday, October 5th. Complete your ballot and return it right away!

For easy access to voting information and important dates, download the Union County Votes app (or the NJ elections app if outside of Union county)

Two other excellent links to answer voting questions, and more are:

When you click on the website you will be guided to resource links for your questions, including information about your county clerk.

For congregants who live in Union County, please use the contact information found here: ucnj.org/county-clerk/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why I Vote

  • Rabbi Appell
  • We need to vote because it is one of the direct ways we can make a commitment to our country and the way it functions.  If you are unsatisfied with the way your government is performing, and you want to change the direction that it is heading, you need to elect representatives who share your viewpoint.

    By sitting on the sidelines, you are depending on others to choose the path on which the country runs.  Your vote will not always produce the desired results-but you make the representatives aware you are participating.

    My grandparents all grew up in Russia where their community had no representative for any of their ideas or desires.  They came to the United States with the hope that they and their future generations would have the chance to express their thoughts and know their voices had a chance to be heard.  This is done with your vote.

    Dr. Sari Netsky DMD MAGD
  • My parents escaped from Nazi Germany and settled in America. My paternal grandparents perished in Auschwitz and Treblinka. Voting was a privilege and a responsibility instilled in me at a very young age.

    It was always taken seriously and never taken for granted. I can recall accompanying my parents when they went to vote there was always an air of excitement and sense of occasion. I, in turn, took my children with me so they would know that voting was an absolute duty.

    To this day I remind my grandchildren that our democracy rests on each person’s vote and many have died for us to enjoy this right. 

    Carol Kolton 
  • I vote for my daughter, for her future, for her right to be happy, and for her right to earn the same pay as her male counterpart.     

    I vote for her freedom to speak, to pray, to learn, and to love whoever she loves.

    I vote for her ability to have equal gender representation in the Senate, in the House, in the Courts, and in the White House.

     I vote for my daughter so that she grows up understanding the very basic truths that her life matters just as much as all others, that all lives matter, and that black lives matter.

    John Blumenreich
  • Why do I vote – because I am an American and a Jew. 

    As an American, I feel a responsibility to help make this country come as close as possible to its constitutional ideals – to ensure that we are an open, pluralistic, self-correcting democracy. 

    As a Jew, my read of history tells me that the Jewish community flourishes in an open society based on democratic principles. 

    All too often I feel powerless when important political decisions are made behind closed doors, based on self-interest or interests of powerful people or corporations. Elections offer me the opportunity to empower myself, to learn who the candidates are, what their values are and to decide for myself who has the requisite strengths to lead my town/state/country in the directions which will further my values – protecting every member of my society and enhancing the peace and well-being of my global society. 

    And that has been my motivation since I first voted (for Harry Truman) and why I will continue to vote in every election for the rest of my life.

    Diana Cohen
  • I am voting in my first presidential election this year, and I am both terrified and excited. I feel immense responsibility and pressure, as the country is on a precipice, and the results of the election this year will determine if it falls or is pushed back to land.

    I vote because I am hopeful, and I know that voting is a powerful way to make change. I vote because the people who I love are in this country, and a vote is a vote toward preserving their human rights.

    Rachel Saxon
  • As George Carlin once said “If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” And he wasn’t even Jewish. I may still complain but I always vote so that my voice is heard about candidates and issues that I care about.  It may not always work as I had hoped but if you don’t vote we can’t accomplish what needs to be done in our country.

    Your vote matters …….

    • Every single aspect of your life is affected by politics and every politician is put in power through a popular vote. If you don’t vote, others will make the decisions for you!
    • The popular vote determines everything from local officials all the way up to the Senate and House of Representatives.
    • Some elections in recent years have come down to just a few votes.
    • While the Electoral College elects the president, it is those of us, who do vote, that decides who the Electoral College must support.
    Susan Cohen
  • Even as an expat serving in the Israel Defense Forces, I believe voting is an essential privilege of an American citizen. It saddens me to know that some Americans do not, and some cannot, exercise their right to vote. Every time I have voted either in Israel or by mail in America, I cannot help but feel thankful for the opportunity to take part in a system that is for the people by the people. Government decisions impact the everyday lives of its citizens and residents.

    I harken back to the thoughts of my great grandparents who fled pogroms in Eastern Europe and how they were never fortunate enough to have a say in their government, and in extension, their own future. It is for these reasons among many, that I vote early and vote often and intend to for every election I am able.

    Benjamin Bass
  • As a child, I clearly remember going with my Mom to my elementary school on voting day. The biggest thrill was that kids got to “pretend vote” on the sample voting machine used to demonstrate to adults how to vote in the private booth. 

    I was so excited when I turned 18. I knew it was my responsibility as a citizen to vote and since then I have never missed an election. I research the candidates and make MY choices. As a parent, I have demonstrated the importance of voting to my children. My three adult children are actively engaged citizens who participate fully in elections.

    For the past, two years I have volunteered as a poll watcher to make sure everyone eligible to vote has that opportunity, guiding citizens to obtain provisional ballots to protect their voting rights. 

    My ethics and morals are at the forefront of my ballot box decisions. I have a voice and I use it when I vote. Voting is an essential way to “repair the world”.

    Shari Seltzer