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EEVotes is a non-partisan effort to engage congregants in being civically engaged. Regardless of partisan choices, we want every congregant to exercise their right to vote. Our sages teach that a ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted (Berachot 55a). Our democracy is strongest when everyone participates.

We are proud that our congregation is 100% registered to vote. While this is an impressive statistic, the historic voter turnout has fallen far short of that number. In the 2018 mid-term elections, only approximately 48% of our Congregation voted. Our goal for the 2020 General Election is for every congregant to vote and have 100% voter turnout.

In order to assist you, we have compiled the information on this page to help you make a plan to safely vote.

Take the Pledge and Make a Plan

Please take a moment now to pledge to vote by clicking here
 

 

A Message from Rabbi Fixler

 

Important Dates for the 2020 General Election

Last Day to Register to Vote: Monday, October 5

First Day of Early Voting: Tuesday, October 13

Last Day to Apply for a Ballot by Mail (request must be received in clerk's office, not merely postmarked): Friday, October 23

Last Day of Early Voting: Friday, October 30

General Elections: November 3

Deadline for Ballot by Mail to be Received: November 4 by 5:00 p.m. (must be postmarked no later than 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3)

Voting Options

For the 2020 General Election, voters may vote by: (1) early in-person voting (2) voting on election day and, (3) qualified voters may vote by mail.

 

Voting by Mail

In order to be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must: 

  • Be 65 years or older, or
  • Be disabled, or
  • Be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance, or
  • Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible

Last Day to Apply for a Ballot by Mail (request must be received in clerk's office, not merely postmarked): Friday, October 23 

Deadline for Ballot by Mail to be Received: November 4 by 5:00 p.m. (must be postmarked no later than 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3)

If using USPS, consider sending long before 7:00 p.m. on November 3 to be received on time.

A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Clerk’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned by (1) regular residential mail with two stamps for First Class service; (2) in person at NRG with photo ID; or (3) Personal courier, FedEX, UPS or other contracted mail service.

Click here for detailed information about returning your mail in ballot.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MAIL-IN VOTING:

  • Make sure you use BLUE or BLACK ink only.
  • Only mark an "X" next to your choice, don't write anything extra.
  • First put your ballot into the envelope with a green bar labeled, "BALLOT envelope" and seal it.
  • Next, put that envelope into the second envelope with a purple bar labeled, "CARRIER envelope.
  • Sign the outside of the CARRIER envelope where it closes.
  • Lastly, put TWO postage stamps on your envelope.
  • For more details and a video demonstrating these steps, please click here.

 

In-Person Voting

Harris County voters can vote at any Harris County polling plae during both early voting and on Election Day. Early voting periods have been extended to allow fewer voters to be at the polls at a time. Also, additional polling places have been added for early voting. If you are going to vote in person, we strongly encourage you to vote early.

Early Voting Dates:
October 13 - October 30

Hours of Operation:
Weeks 1 & 2 - M-F, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Week 3 - M-F, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Weekends - Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions at the Polls: Staying Safe While Voting

  • Wear a face covering that fits snugly against your face
  • Maintain 6-ft distance from others
  • Wash your hands before and after voting
  • Consider voting early as a way to avoid long lines and potentially crowded polling locations

In addition, Harris County has a robust set of initiatives to ensure that elections are safe, secure, accessible fair and efficient. A full list can be found at Harris County's S.A.F.E. Initiative website.

Some of the initiatives include:

  1. Poll workers and voters who need it will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  2. Each voter will get a disinfectant wipes and access to hand sanitizer.
  3. Each polling location will have sanitization station to provide hand sanitizer before and after voting.
  4. All Voting Machines will be placed 6 feet apart to allow for social distancing.
  5. There will be “markers” indicating where to stand to ensure social distancing while voters are waiting to be checked in.
  6. All Voters will be given finger covers so that they can operate the voting machines without physically touching it.  
  7. When checking in, the Poll Worker will be behind a plexiglass screen.
  8. Each Voter will place their ID on the glass and the Poll Worker will scan it.
  9. Masks will be handed out if needed but they are not required to vote. Harris County is also making drive through voting available at certain locations.  

 

Drive-Thru Voting

Harris County will offer drive-thru voting this year. Voters will be provided with a voting tablet without leaving their car.

NRG Stadium will be available for early drive-thru voting. Please enter through Gate 8 off Kirby Drive.
On election day, the drive-thru entrance will be Blue Lot 16.

Additional drive-thru voting locations will be available. Find them by visiting harrisvotes.com.

Drive-Thru Voting Resources: 

  • Click here to view a demonstration of drive-thru voting

Polling Locations

Polling Locations

On Election Day only, Congregation Emanu El will be a polling location. While we encourage you to vote early, if you decide to vote on election day, Congregation Emanu El will be available to you.

  • Click here to find early voting locations, hours of operation and approximate wait times
  • Click here for election day poll locations and sample ballots 

Additional Resources & Information

Voter Registration:

Check to make sure your voter registration is correct. 

 

Additional Voting Information

You can read all of the safety measures that Harris County is taking to keep us safe while voting at harrisvotes.com/SAFE.

Need a ride to vote? METRO is offering free rides to voters on Sat., Oct. 17; Sat., Oct. 24; Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 26-29; and Election Day. Just inform the bus operator or fare inspector that you are traveling to or from a Voting Center. Details are at RideMetro.org/Vote.

Get one free ride with Lyft (up to $15) in Harris County to drop off your ballot at NRG Arena using code HOUVOTE. Details are at https://lyft.com/invite/HOUVOTE.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Check harrisvotes.com/FAQ or harrisvotes.com/VotingInfo.

 

If you have additional information or want to get involved email eevotes@emanuelhouston.org.

Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781