Bethel, NY - Chasidic Voting Issues Linger in Town Elections
Bethel, NY - While absentee ballots in Bethel won’t change outcomes in town races, the issue of whether newly registered Hasidic residents from several bungalow colonies will be allowed to vote in future elections will linger into the winter.
That’s because some 89 ballots
After other absentees were counted, Incumbent Councilwoman Denise Frangipane unofficially held a 126-vote lead, meaning that the 89 challenged ballots from newly registered Hasidic voters from the bungalow colonies, can’t affect the race. The Board of Elections will review each challenged ballot to determine if they should be counted.
It is likely, however, the issue will wind up in court this winter. Hasidic groups began a voter drive this summer after the town and the Brooklyn-based United Talmudical Academy went to court over the rapid construction of a shul on Schultz Road.
“We challenged the validity of the registrations,” Legislator David Sager said.
He vowed to press on until the law is clarified to determine if the new registrations meet the residency requirement.
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