The National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, has launched a voting campaign to increase participation. Pictured, Southfield residents hit the polls at Southfield City Hall March 10.

The National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, has launched a voting campaign to increase participation. Pictured, Southfield residents hit the polls at Southfield City Hall March 10.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


Local nonprofit to host election webinars, launches voting campaign

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published September 22, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — For the upcoming election, the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, has organized a webinar series, “The Power of Your Vote,” that has three installments.

The Southfield-based nonprofit had its first webinar Sept. 15, which was in a meet-the-candidates forum. It included local candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties.

The next webinar will be on Oct. 8 and is titled “Fall Focus: Protecting Michigan’s Election.” The event will feature Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown and West Bloomfield Township Clerk Debbie Binder.

The last of the three webinars will come after the election, on Dec. 3, and is titled “Post-election Reflections: Implications for the Future.” The webinar will include discussion from political pundits Nolan Finley and Brian Dickerson.

To view these webinars, registration is available at https://www.ncjwmi.org.

The NCJWMI describes itself as nonpartisan, and it doesn’t advocate for or against any candidates or political parties.

“The main thing we wanted to do was really educate the community and let them know what’s going on,” NCJWMI board of directors State Policy Advocate Cathy Cantor said.

Outside of the webinars, the organization has also launched a campaign called “Let’s Both Vote,” which is designed to get more people interested in voting in both national and local elections.

According to a release, fewer than 36% of eligible young people voted in the 2018 Michigan elections. The organization is hoping to change that by reaching out to young people to participate in an absentee ballot drive, ensuring young people are registered, complete their absentee ballot application, and fill out send in their absentee ballots early.

“We’re so focused, we’re so inundated with everything nationally,” NCJWMI President Amy Cutler said. “We really have to take care of our community and take care of what’s going on in Michigan. I think this is a great opportunity for us to just bring it to the forefront and make everybody aware of our own community.”

The main goal of the webinars and the voting campaign is to make sure everyone gets to have their voice heard.

There have been local elections across the country that have been decided by a few votes or a small percentage, so getting out to vote can make a difference, the group said.

The big push on voting is to help people understand that those that are elected in November will be making decisions that could affect everyday lives, and voting gives an opportunity to have a say in who is making those decisions.

“People are going to get elected. Do you want to have an impact on that?” Brown said. “It does impact your life. Elected officials make policy decisions that affect your life, every aspect of your life. This is your right. You should exercise it. Every election is important. It’s not just this one.”

For more information about the NCJWMI, visit https://ncjw mi.org.

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