An Orthodox rabbi in Washington and two of his congregants have filed a class-action suit against the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.
The complaint, filed May 27, claims that the board placed an unconstitutional burden on observant Jews by scheduling a special election on the last day of Passover this year.
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom-the National Synagogue and the two plaintiffs want the Board of Elections to adopt a procedure that ensures that elections are not scheduled on any religious holidays, according to plaintiff lawyer Steven Lieberman.
“In the next three years, there are 10 Tuesdays” that are Jewish holidays, “so this very well can happen again,” Lieberman said.
A lawyer for the board had no comment.