Re: Election Day not on a work day

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Nov 28 2006 - 19:08:29 CST

On 11/28/06, SomeThoughts@aol.com <SomeThoughts@aol.com> wrote:
> joehall@gmail.com writes:
>
> Both Saturday and Sunday pose religious problems. For example,
> orthodox Jews cannot travel by car from sundown Friday to sundown
> Saturday (and usually can't push buttons or operate machinery, etc.).
>
> 1) For a Saturday election in November, they could vote after
> sundown. In June, that would be a problem, but that's why we
> have absentee ballots.

This is not going to survive a court challenge... doesn't even have a
chance. It would be relatively easy to argue that this
disenfranchises a religious minority (no matter what time of year).
The EAC is sponsoring work on studying feasibility of moving Election
Day or just creating a state holiday on the second tuesday after the
first monday... hopefully the people that get this grant are worth
their salt and they lay out the issues for us. I don't know of any
literature on this off-hand, there probably is some somewhere (e.g.,
law reviews). -Joe

-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
PhD Student, UC Berkeley, School of Information
<http://josephhall.org/>
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