Democrats are voting in the Nevada caucus and Republicans are voting in the South Carolina primary today.
I’ve been watching Morning Joe and they had a short piece regarding Jews who are conflicted by their desire to vote and their religious obligation not to work on the Sabbath.
I don’t see a problem because I always look to the spirit or purpose of a rule rather than the black letter expression of it when an ambiguity pops up.
I don’t think God or Moses was thinking about voting when they developed the 10 Commandments. I also don’t consider voting to qualify as work.
I am also not Jewish or particularly religious and I always question authority.
I do believe that accommodations should be made for those who want to vote but believe they cannot on the Sabbath. For example, voting by mail might work. That would not work with caucuses because they require attending and participating in a meeting.
Changing the day could work except that any other day would disadvantage someone. For example, people who work and cannot get off work to vote.
Replacing caucuses with pulling a lever in a voting booth shortens the time commitment but doesn’t necessarily solve the problem.
What do y’all think?