U.S. Jews, Adventists angered that Nevada Caucus on Saturday
ryan | January 16, 2008 at 09:24 amby
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The Nevada caucus is scheduled to be held January 19th, a Saturday. Holding the caucus on Saturday prevents any observant Jews and Seventh Day Adventists from participating in the caucus.
Nevada, which is home to one of the country's fastest growing Jewish communities, also has a thriving community of Adventists. They are Christians who believe - among other things - that Saturday, and not Sunday, is a holy day. They have five churches in Las Vegas and more throughout the state. They, too, feel discriminated against; they, too, will find it difficult to participate in the caucuses.
This issue is just more fodder for the anti-caucus fire, which many claim is anti-democratic as they exclude many from participating.
Such examples are just one reason caucuses have come under attack as an election system. If you are sick, away from home or unable to attend because of the Sabbath or serving abroad (in Iraq, for example), then you are blocked from the democratic process. Although South Carolina also holds its primaries on Saturday, the state doesn't have the same problem. The election system allows participation by absentee ballot ahead of time.
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