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Thousands of Jews May Be Forced to Abstain from Voting in Colorado Primaries

Observance of Rosh Hashanah may keep between 20,000 and 25,000 Jews from voting in the Colorado primaries on September 12, Jewish leaders and election officials disclosed today. The election falls on Rosh Hashanah.

Jewish leaders have conferred with the Denver Election Commission and the State Attorney General’s office seeking a way to allow voting by absentee ballots. “The Colorado Constitution and legislative laws pertaining to voting are very clear and we have been unable to find anything to solve the problem,” said Arthur Cassidy, a member of the Denver Election Commission.

“The Constitution says that the primary elections must be held on the second Tuesday in September and there is no way they can vote by absentee ballot unless they are actually away from the city or incapacitated by ill health to the extent that they cannot get to the election polls,” Mr. Cassidy declared.