Jewish Home Residents Prepare for the Polls
Getting out the vote during this Presidential election season is among the many challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the Jewish Home is up to the task, and seniors on its multiple campuses will be marking their ballots this November as enthusiastically, and as easily, as ever before.
Anticipating the increased logistical difficulties, Jewish Home staff have been busy helping residents exercise their right to be heard on Election Day. For the past month, staff have advertised and encouraged voter registration, posting flyers with key information on how to register (safely, without leaving the Jewish Home) and how to check current registration status. They have also put voting on the agenda during the Home's weekly Town Hall conference calls, ensuring all participants are aware of the upcoming election and their ability to play a role in it.
On the digital front, residents had an opportunity to log on for the League of Women Voters' recent Ballot Measures Pros and Cons online forum. In addition, the Jewish Home is posting its don't-forget-to-vote message across its social media platforms, engaging followers to support the seniors in their lives in voting safely however possible.
Pundits are predicting historic levels of absentee and mail-in voting, putting increased scrutiny on whether those ballots will be filled out properly—and, if not, whether their legitimacy might be questioned. To help guarantee every ballot is counted, Jewish Home Director of Volunteer Services Stacy Orbach and Eisenberg Village Lifestyle and Enrichment Director for Residential Care Annette Weinberg are offering to consult with residents on any ballot-related questions they may have, as well as double checking ballot envelopes to make certain residents are marking them correctly before posting them. Stacy and Annette also plan to drive completed ballots to a local voting center for any residents who prefer not to send theirs by mail.
Jewish Home staff are also on hand to assist residents with physical challenges, such as impaired vision, that can complicate voting. It's part of the Jewish Home's ongoing commitment to helping residents feel empowered to make a difference.
Over the next few weeks, Americans of all political persuasions will be taking part in the hallowed democratic process of choosing our nation's leaders—and this includes the residents of the Jewish Home.