Sunday, March 06, 2016

Religious Accommodations for Saturday Presidential Caucuses Surveyed

The Campaign Legal Center last week published an interesting survey of the extent to which states that hold Saturday caucuses in Presidential elections provide accommodations for Jews, Seventh Day Adventists and other Saturday Sabbath observers. It concluded in part:
Some state parties make accommodations for those who are unable to caucus in person due to religious observance. However, absentee procedures in these states are limited, not well publicized or conducted through ad hoc mechanisms without clear standards—or even no standards at all.
However the survey pointed to practices of the Democratic Party in Washington state and Wyoming as excellent examples of accommodation that should be used as models.  They allow voters to submit surrogate affidavits if they are unable to caucus in person because of religious observance, military service, disability, illness or work schedule. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]