Menu JTA Search

Suit on Sabbath Voting Denied

Orlando Federal District Court Chief Judge George Young last Thursday denied an American Jewish Congress-supported petition by a Hebrew teacher to postpone the vote yesterday in the state-wide Florida Democratic caucuses because it was being held on a Saturday, which was also the last day of Succoth. The judge said he denied the request because the caucuses were non-binding and were not financed by state, local or federal governments.

The suit was filed last Wednesday by David Kaufman, a registered Democrat who is a Hebrew teacher at Temple Israel here. He was seeking a court ruling to permit Sabbath observers to vote in the caucuses by absentee ballot or on another date that would not require them to violate their religious beliefs.