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No Voter Registration on Holy Days

Governor Hugh L. Carey has signed into law legislation prohibiting local voter registration on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succoth, Shmini Atzereth or Simchas Torah, Local voter registration is scheduled throughout the state during the month of October. There are a number of Jewish holy days which occur this time of year, Conducting local registration on any of these days will thus disenfranchise a significant portion of the state’s population, Carey said. In signing the bill he stated that this law recognizes the religious sensitivities of many of our citizens and has further extended the opportunities of our citizens to participate in the voting process.