Habayit Hayehudi fails to move elections date

Party's primary set for November 6, same date as US presidential elections; legal advisor says there is no legal reason to change date.

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September 14, 2012 14:04
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Hershkowitz and Bennet at Habayit Hayehudi debate

Habayit Hayehudi English debate 370. (photo credit: Yehoshua Sigala)

 
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The Habayit Hayehudi primary is set to take place on November 6, the date of the US presidential election, despite efforts by the party's Election Committee chairman Rabbi Daniel Tropper to change the date.

On Thursday night, the party's legal adviser Sarah Frisch determined that it is too late to change the date of the vote, and there is no legal justification to do so.

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Tropper said he would have liked to postpone the vote by a week, but proposed to hold it one day earlier.

"I don't see how changing the date by one day would restrict anyone. November 5 still isn't great, but it would be better than November 6," he said on Friday.

The Election Committee chairman plans to continue to study the party's regulations and see if there is still a way for him to make the change.

A Habayit Hayehudi official said that, when the date for the primary was set, the election committee had no idea that the US election would be on the same day.

Party spokesman Yehoshua Mor-Yosef did not see any issue with the conflicting dates, saying that "with all due respect to the US election, there is no legal reason for us to make a change."

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"I hope there will be room in the papers for the US election, in addition to Habayit Hayehudi," he joked. "Maybe if [US President Barack] Obama himself asked us to, we'd change the date."

Jeremy Gimpel, a US-born candidate for the Habayit Hayehudi list said that there are no coincidences in this world, and the shared election date shows that the religious-Zionism shares the fundamental values on which America was founded.

"On this day, not only will America's fate be decided, but the future of Israel's nationalist camp, as well. I'm more concerned for America," he quipped.

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