After taking the pledge, get ready to vote in the 2020 elections:
FIRST, TAKE NOTE OF THESE IMPORTANT 2020 ELECTION DATES
- October 13-30: Early Voting
- October 23: Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) BE INFORMED: Click links below to learn more about vote-by-mail.
- November 3 is Election Day*
NEXT, MAKE YOUR VOTING PLAN!
CONSIDER VOTING BY MAIL
During the COVID - 19 pandemic, all those eligible to vote by mail under Texas law should give serious consideration to doing so for the November 3 elections. Watch this video to learn about the Vote-by-Mail Application process and this video to learn about the Vote-by-Mail Ballot process. We suggest turning in your ballot IN PERSON with ID, or surrendering it at the polls and vote in person.
IN-PERSON VOTING DURING THE PANDEMIC
If you must vote in person, there are ways to do it as safely as is possible during a pandemic. The Texas Secretary of State and local election officials have come up with protocols and recommendations to keep both voters and poll workers out of harm’s way.
HOW DO I VOTE SAFELY?
- UTILIZE EARLY VOTING and vote during hours when the lines are shorter. You can early vote Oct. 13-30, 2020.
- Before going to the polls, self-screen for potential symptoms of COVID-19.
*If you have symptoms, you can consider curbside or drive through voting. Contact your county elections administrator to learn about eligibility for the curbside voting program and for information on where your county has drive-through voting.
- Wear a well-fitting mask. Be aware that masks are not required by voters.
- Keep a distance of 6 feet from others to the extent feasible.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and do NOT touch your face. If you live in Dallas County, you will be provided with a sterilized stylus to vote. In other counties, you may want to bring your own pen or pencil for checking in and marking the ballot. Check with your county elections department to learn if you will need a pen or pencil.
- Upon entering your polling place, disinfect your hands, and repeat personal disinfection protocols after any interaction with any election equipment, workers or poll watchers. We suggest getting in and out as quickly as possible.
Questions or concerns? Please contact the Secretary of State at 1.800.252-VOTE or Texas Voter Protection at 1.866.OUR.VOTE (687.8683) or your county election official.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
- Find your nearest voting center in Dallas County
- Find your nearest voting center in Collin County
- Find your nearest voting center in Denton County
- Early Voting Location Finder
DON'T FORGET YOUR ID!
The State of Texas has new requirements for ID at the polls. Click here for a list of acceptable photo IDs and information on how to vote even if you don’t have one of the listed photo IDs. If you have any questions about voter ID, email email@example.com or call 1.844.338.8743.
VOLUNTEER ON ELECTION DAY
Through Temple Votes 100% and our relationship with Faith in Texas, we invite you to volunteer at our Adopt-a-Poll location on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. We are seeking volunteers for a one-hour shift at Richland College, Dallas Campus, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Volunteers will be a friendly face at the polling site, and will help distribute water, snacks and masks. To sign up or for more information, please email Debbie Fuqua.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR VOTING:
Are You Registered to Vote?
- Step 1: Are you registered to vote? Click here to check your status in any county in Texas.
- Step 2: Register to vote here.
If you have moved within your county since you last registered to vote, you can update your address by following the links above. If you have moved to a different county, you will need to re-register to vote in your new county of residence.
*You must print out and mail your application to your local Voter Registrar. Texas does permit online voter registration. Don’t have a printer? Go HERE or click HERE to learn more about how to register to vote without one.
Other Helpful Links
- Becoming a Poll Worker
- Print a Voter Registration Application (Dallas County)
- Change your name or address online
- Voter Look Up and Sample Ballot
- Dallas County Votes- Election Information Page
About Temple's Voting Initiative
As Reform Jews, we are summoned to engage with our community and to sanctify the sacred gift of freedom by expressing gratitude and affirming the responsibility freedom places on us. In this spirit, our tradition teaches that the process of choosing leaders is not a privilege but a collective responsibility.
This year, Temple will continue bring these values to life in the 2020 elections. Temple has embarked on a nonpartisan civic engagement campaign—Temple Votes—to achieve 100% voting by every member of Temple eligible to vote. Through a variety of means, including one-on-one outreach to Temple members, we will educate, register, engage, motivate, prepare, and enable 100% of voting age Temple members to vote in 2020. Click here to watch our 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign Kickoff.
Nearly 25% of our congregants pledged to vote during the 2018 Midterm Elections. Our 2020 Pledge to Vote is ONLINE! Take our Pledge to Vote today!
Get Involved, Be Engaged
There are many ways to be part of the process: in conversations with one another, filling out postcards, listening to our clergy discuss voting from the bimah, gathering with virtual groups and even going to the polls together in small groups.
Talk to Us
If you need a ride to the polls or help with your vote-by-mail application, we can help! Please contact Robert Elkin or call our Temple Votes hotline (214.706.0000 ext. 153) if you or someone you know needs a ride to the polls or needs help filling out a vote-by-mail application.
Stay Up To Date
Make tedallas.org/vote your one-stop-shop for all voting information. But most of all, support our Temple community in honoring our sacred gift of freedom by helping make Temple a 100% voting congregation.