Scottish Jewish umbrella group says no to Saturday vote

March 8, 2012 14:48

The umbrella group for Jewish communities in Scotland will ask the country's government to refrain from holding a vote on Scottish independence on a Saturday.

In a draft response on the Scottish government's Your Scotland, Your Referendum proposal, leaders of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities write that a ballot on a Saturday "would disadvantage Jewish voters since those who observe Shabbat would not be able to vote on the day of the referendum."

One question on the government's proposal asks, "What are your views on the idea that the referendum could be held on a Saturday?"

The reason for the proposed change is to bring out more voters. Elections are currently held in Scotland on Thursdays.

In its draft response, the Jewish council also says that alternative methods for voting for those who cannot get to the polls on Election Day "do not provide an entirely satisfactory solution."

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