Maryland Governor May Call Special Legislature Session to Enable Jews to Vote

An investigation to determine whether it will be necessary for Governor Ritchie to call a special session of the Legislature to provide changes in the law or additional days of registration for Jewish voters is being made by Leonard K. Weinberg, attorney, and Joseph Sherbow, judge of the People’s Court. The legal dates for this registration fall on Rosh Hashonah and Succoth.

The investigation being made by Mr. Weinberg and Judge Sherbow will concern the religious requirements on the holidays of the various Jewish voters, the number affected by virtual disfranchisement and whether it will be possible to register all of the Jewish faith between the hour of sundown, when the holidays end, and the time the registration offices close, at 10 P.M.

The legal dates for the registration, in which everyone who wishes to cast a vote in the coming election must participate, are on September 23 and 24 and October 7 and 8. Rosh Hashonah conflicts with the earlier of the appointed days, and Succoth with the latter.

If the investigation reveals that any great number of Jewish voters will be disfranchised, the Governor said, he will seriously consider calling the Legislature into session to make provision for the extension of their legal rights.

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