Saturday, June 15, 2019

Suit In Canada Seeks To Move Election Day To Avoid Jewish Holiday

A lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Canada seeking to move the upcoming federal election from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.  According to Vos Iz Neias:
Shemini Atzeret comes out this year on Election Day, Oct. 21, which would prevent observant Jews from casting their ballots. Of the four advance polling days, three are on other Jewish holidays or Shabbat....
Chani Aryeh-Bain, the Conservative Party candidate for the Toronto-area district of Eglington-Lawrence, and voter Ira Walfish of York Centre, also a Toronto-area district, filed the suit claiming that the election date discriminates against observant Canadian Jews.
Aryeh-Bain is an observant Jew and therefore would not be able to campaign on Election Day, the lawsuit says....
[Thanks to Steven H Sholk for the lead.]