Today and every day we believe that, as a nation, the United States draws strength from our diversity, from treating each other with dignity and kindness, and from our steadfast commitment to our shared values of inclusion and equality for all. We, the undersigned interfaith partners, extend our hands to each and every member of our community in this time of great uncertainty. We commit ourselves to kindness, love, and compassion, and stand for the peace and wellbeing of our community. We will work together to set a standard of thoughtful and just discourse, to oppose violence, and to encourage peaceful engagement in the democratic process. We ask everyone to be patient and kind as we await the results of the election, and to seek support in our community, in our faith leaders, and in each other. We dedicate ourselves to sustaining and carrying out these ideals and principles in both our words and our actions at this critical moment in our history, and we invite all in the Rochester community to join us.
Meredith Dragon, CEO, Julie Nusbaum, President, Mona Kolko, Chair of Community Relations, Karen Elam, Director of the Levine Center to End Hate, Carolyn Nussbaum, Co-Chair of the Levine Center to End Hate, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester; Rabbi Avi Kilimnick, Congregation Beth Sholom; Alan Frishman, Temple Sinai; Alan Katz, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai; Arshad Rahman, Islamic Center of Rochester; Barry Swan, Beth Haskalah, the Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism; Board of Directors, GRCC Faith in Action; Eleanor Lewin, Temple B'rith Kodesh; Gail Ferraioli, Temple Sinai; Harris Honickman, President, Congregation Beth Hamedresh-Beth Israel; Hava Leipzig Holzhauer, JD, Executive Director, Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies at Nazareth College; Jonathan Rubin, President, Temple Emanuel; Joseph Kelly, Professor Emeritus, Nazareth College of Rochester; Joy Bergfalk, Coffee Connection/Project Empower; Margot VanEtten, St. Monica's Catholic Church; Michael Kaufman, President, Temple B’rith Kodesh; Muhammad Shafiq, Executive Director and IIIT Chair, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College; Natasha Sodhi, Gurdwara of Rochester; Nathan (Neil) Jaschik, Past President, Interfaith Alliance of Rochester; Rabbi Avi Mammon, Congregation Light of Israel; Rabbi Debbi Till, Temple Sinai; Rabbi Peter Stein and Rabbi Rochelle Tulik, Temple B'rith Kodesh; Rashid Muhammad, Islamic Center of Rochester; Rev. Cheryl Frank, Greece Baptist Church; Rev. Debbie Grohman, First Presbyterian Church, Ontario Center; Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, Asbury First United Methodist Church; Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson, Center for the Welcoming Way, Inc.; Rev. Ryan W Henderson, Associate Conference Minister, New York Conference of the United Church of Christ; Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, First Unitarian Church of Rochester; Ruth Steinberg, President, Temple Beth Am; Sanjay Mathur, Hindu Temple of Rochester; Sr. Susan E. Nowak, Professor of Religious Studies, William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, Nazareth College; Sue Kochan, Dharma Refuge; The Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, University of Rochester, Interfaith Chapel; The Rev. Robert Picken, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Wendy Fambro, Immanuel Baptist Church of Rochester; Hermann Vogelstein; Rochester Area Synagogue Presidents' Council; Hillel at the University of Rochester; Hillel at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
As a part of our Community Relations work at the Jewish Federation, we embrace the opportunity to engage with our political system as a tool for pursuing justice and repairing the world. We value the opportunity and protect the right to say "Hineini", "Here I am!", and to let our voices be heard. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to vote by mail or to vote safely in person.
While the deadline to register to vote in the June elections has passed, you can still register to vote in the November 3rd general election. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a Board of Elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election. You can find more information at https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingdeadlines.html
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no-excuse absentee voting has been instituted state-wide in New York to allow individuals to vote safely from home. The procedure for this process is simple:
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person voting remains an option, and will be executed safely by the Board of Elections. There are two ways to participate in in-person voting:
To help maintain safe voting practices for yourself and others, please wear a mask to your polling location. Maintain safe social distance and wash and sanitize your hands before and after voting.
Remember that a vote at a polling location overrides an absentee ballot.
The free Monroe County Board of Elections Online Voter Application tool is a useful site for various needs. Check to see if you're registered, find your polling site, apply for an absentee ballot and learn more about the candidates in your district by using this quick and easy tool.
Visit Monroe County's official website for more information.
Monroe County uses the ImageCast voting machine that is equipped to accommodate voters with disabilities. These are the steps you will take to cast your ballot:
After signing in, an Inspector will give you a preprinted ballot containing all of the candidate's names
You will be directed to a privacy booth where you will mark your ballot with a special pen
After being marked, place your ballot into a privacy sleeve and take it to the voting machine
Insert your marked paper ballot into the voting machine to cast your vote
Return the privacy sleeve to one of the Inspectors at the polling site
Once the above steps are complete, you have sucessfully cast your ballot!
If you experience any trouble, an Inspector at your polling site will be happy to show you how to use the voting machine.
Click here for more information regarding the voting machine.
Click here for a video demonstration.
Check out BallotReady at https://www.ballotready.org or visit https://www.vote411.org, click on Find What’s on Your Ballot, and enter your address for an explanation of every candidate and referendum on your ballot before you vote.
For a full list of Monroe County candidates for public office, click here: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/files
Be sure to mark your ballot correctly! In some elections, a candidate may be listed under more than one party. DO NOT fill in more than one oval for the same candidate!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE POLLING SITE?
Be sure to bring your ID when voting for the first time. After voting for the first time, you do not need to bring anything with you. However, Monroe County suggests bringing your license in case the inspectors needs to verify your identification in the event of a name change or if your signature is not on file.
You MUST wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE POLLING SITE?
According to Monroe County's official website:
"When you enter the polling site, you will see tables and voting machines for one or more election districts. At the table for your Election District you will be asked to sign next to a copy of your original signature on an alphabetically digitized poll list."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safe voting practices, you can expect a longer than normal wait at polling locations.
ARE POLLING SITES ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES?
Once you have recieved your assigned polling location, if your letter does not share accessability information you can contact Monroe county Board of Elections firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585)753-1550 to confrim your location is accessible.
I AM ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE! HOW CAN I HELP OTHERS?
You can help by encouraging others to vote and by sharing this page to social media and with friends and family! You can also help by registering voters.
League of Women Voters, Rochester - https://www.lwv-rma.org
League of Women Voters, National - https://www.lwv.org
National Council of Jewish Women, Rochester - http://www.ncjwgrs.org
Vote411 - https://www.vote411.org
Federal Election Commission - https://www.fec.gov
NYS Board of Elections - https://www.elections.ny.gov
Federal Voting Assistance Program - https://www.fvap.gov