The Obligation to Vote


Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Thank you for answering my last question. Poskim in the past have ruled that it is a mitzvah to vote. Would this still hold true in countries like America, where the elections are rigged and one’s vote doesn’t count, chas v’shalom? Thanks.



  1. As far as I am aware all the Gedolim in America emphasized the obligation that each Jew has to vote in national elections. Even if there seems pretty certain that a vote will have no chance to make a change in the final result (as it might seem to be the case in many states), one should still vote, because that is what the Gedolim say to do.

    Best wishes from the Team