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Chicago Jews Unable to Register on Succoth Have 15 Other Days to Register

While registration day for the Fall elections in Chicago has been set for October 7, which is the first day of Succoth, the law enabling voters to register during fifteen days preceding October 7 has partially weakened the effect of some protests by Jews here that unless they violate their religious principles they will be unable to vote.

The law makes it possible for those whose religious scruples prevent their registering on Succoth to register for fifteen days before Succoth by appearing at the election board’s office in the City Hall. The complaints for the most part have been limited to elderly orthodox Jew who do not feel up to making the long trip to City Hall. The possibility that Jewish members of the election boards will be affected by the coincidence between Succoth and registration day is offset, according to Harry Lipsky, a member of the election commission, by the fact that ten persons are available for every one who won’t work on registration day.