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Details for NFTY Chicago Elections 2020

Thank you for joining NFTY Chicago for our first-ever virtual elections. All 8th-12th graders that have attended a NFTY event in the past year or are active in their Temple Youth Group are eligible to register to vote and participate in elections. In order to be able to vote, you must join the elections at 2 pm to listen to the speeches, participate in meet the candidate and caucus. Your camera must be on during speeches, meet the candidate, and caucusing time to ensure that you are fully participating in the elections.

NFTY-CAR Virtual Election Procedure

Prior to Election Day

  1. Every person who would like to participate in the election process (i.e. vote) must be registered prior to 12:00 p.m. on April 4, 2020. The link will be provided to participants upon registration. Those who do not register will not receive the link and will not be eligible to participate in the election process.
  2. Candidate biographies and letters of intent are available online at chicago.nfty.org.
  3. Youth groups to review the maximum number of votes allocated to each youth group as shown in the below chart. A youth group cannot utilize more votes than the number of attendees it has at NFTY-CAR Elections (i.e. if Youth Group A has a maximum of 5 votes, but only 4 attendees at elections, it only receives 4 votes). The number of votes is based on the average number of participants from each youth group from the last four NFTY-CAR high school events. Eighth grade attendance at NFTYpalooza is also included. Current NFTY-CAR Regional Board members do not vote with their youth group and will caucus separately.
Youth Group Total Number of Votes
AShTY (Am Shalom) 2
BESSY (Beth Emet) 4
BeTTY (Beth Tikvah) 6
BJBESTY (BJBE) 4
CECSYG (Etz Chaim) 1
ChAmPY (Beth Am and Temple Chai) 5
Chicago Sinai 1
CUTY (Sinai Temple in Champaign) 1
ESTY (Emanuel) 2
Hakafa 1
JeTY (Temple Jeremiah) 5
Jew Crew (Or Shalom) 6
KAMII 1
Makom 1
MITY (Temple Beth-El in Munster, IN) 1
NSCI (North Shore Congregation Israel) 2
OPTY (Oak Park Temple) 5
Sholom 1
T-BISCYT (Temple Beth Israel) 3
YoBE (Temple Beth-El, Northbrook) 1
Unaffiliated 7
Regional Board 6

 

  1. All candidate speeches will be posted online before Shabbat on April 3, 2020. Participants do not need to watch the speeches in advance of elections, but are welcome to do so.

Election Day Procedures

  1. The election day process will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. on April 4, 2020.
  2. 2:00-2:10: All participants and candidates will join the virtual election process via the link provided upon registration. Naomi Looper and Josh Glucksman will welcome participants and explain the election process.
  3. 2:10-3:00: Youth groups (including regional board candidates, but regional board members will have a separate room) and their respective advisors will be sent to virtual breakout rooms by youth group (some smaller youth groups will be combined) to watch candidate speeches and brainstorm question. Youth group advisors will play the 3-minute speeches for each of the eleven candidates (a total of 33 minutes of speech time) in gavel order. During the speeches, each participant must have their camera on. Following the speeches, participants will brainstorm questions to ask the candidates during a virtual meet-the-candidate session.
  4. 3:00-3:10: Participants may take a break or continue to brainstorm questions. Participants are not required to have their cameras on during this time, but should not close out their virtual breakout rooms. In the event that timing has shifted, Naomi will announce a time for all participants and candidates to be back on Zoom.
  5. 3:10-4:15: Individual candidates will be rotated through the breakout rooms for five minute meet-the-candidate question and answer sessions. Each participant must have their camera on during meet-the-candidate. There will be eleven rotations for the 11 candidates. Naomi will message the rooms to indicate the beginning and end of each five minute rotation and no questions should be asked between the end of one rotation and the beginning of the next one. A small amount of buffer time has been built in.
  6. 4:15-4:25 Participants and candidates will have a short break and may turn off cameras and may close out of their breakout rooms. In the event that timing has shifted, Naomi will announce a time for all participants and candidates to be back on Zoom.
  7. 4:25-4:55: Participants and advisors will be separated into breakout rooms by youth group (including smaller youth groups that previously shared breakout rooms). Naomi will confirm the number of votes that a youth group has with the applicable advisor prior to this time and will also distribute email ballots. Youth groups will discuss how to distribute their allocated number of votes. Each participant must have their camera on during caucusing. Youth groups do not need to allocate all of their votes to one candidate (i.e. if a youth group has 4 votes, they may allocate 2 to one candidate and 2 to the other), but should discuss the merits of the candidates as a group.
  8. If no candidates are seeking potential “drop-downs” to other positions, advisors will submit all ballots via email to nlooper@urj.org. Naomi will inform the advisors prior to elections whether there are any potential drop downs.
  9. If there are potential “drop-downs” to other positions, advisors will submit ballots for the position of President via email to nlooper@urj.org, but youth groups should discuss all positions during this period and finalize the allocation of votes for each position assuming that no candidate drops down to the relevant position. Naomi will inform the advisors prior to elections whether there are any potential drop downs.
  10. a. 4:55-5:30: If there are no potential drop downs, ballots for all positions will be counted and participants may leave Zoom after casting ballots.  Candidates will be informed of results via a phone call from Josh Glucksman and Naomi Looper.  The results will be announced to the region on Zoom at 7:45pm.