What does MitzVote mean?
We chose the name MitzVote for this campaign because we believe voting is a Jewish obligation. The Hebrew word, mitzvot, in Jewish tradition, are guidelines for how to lead a righteous Jewish life. There are 613 mitzvot. We consider voting the 614th.
Why is Hillel doing this?
You asked us to. When surveying students through Hillel International’s Student Cabinet, the topic of voting and access to voting came up as the top issue you wanted to see us engage with.
Can we become a MitzVote campus if we don’t have a Hillel on campus?
Yes, please fill out this form with at least two students who are interested in becoming MitzVote ambassadors.
Is this non partisan?
This is a non-partisan campaign. While we do hope students will make informed decisions based off of the issues that matter to them, Hillel will not be endorsing any candidates or taking stances on any issues. We leave that in the capable hands of students.
Are you prioritizing swing states for MitzVote?
We are prioritizing students. Every student. It doesn't matter where you live.
I don’t have a printer. Can I still register to vote through your site?
We’d be surprised if you did have a printer. Through its TurboVote page, Hillel is covering the cost and logistics involved in all printing and mailing of voter registration forms and absentee ballot forms. Everything will be seamlessly taken care of on your behalf. If something requires a signature that can’t be done online, we will print and mail the forms to you to sign and send.
Are there any restrictions for registering to vote on a college campus or residence hall address?
A person may register to vote using any address they consider to be their legal residence. College students should list the street address of their residence hall and specify the room, floor, or apartment they live in. They can also choose to list their non-college home address.
I’m a political candidate. Will you endorse me?
What about students who are restricted from voting?
We know that there are many civically engaged students on campuses who can’t vote for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are an international student or convicted felon. We still believe you have an important role to play helping register voters, GOTV and participating in a #PollParty near you.
What should I do if someone tries to keep me from voting?
Call the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE immediately. Check out their resources at 866ourvote.org
Who is funding this campaign?
We are thankful to our funding partners including Michelle and David Slifka and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.