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Bethel, NY - Chasidic Voting Issues Linger in Town Elections

Published on: November 20, 2009 08:13 AM
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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.

Read the full story at Times Herald Record


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 Nov 20, 2009 at 08:36 AM Anonymous Says:

You can't vote in two locations, if you vote in the Catskills don't expect to also be able to vote in WB.

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You can't vote in two locations, if you vote in the Catskills don't expect to also be able to vote in WB.

the fact is that NOT ONE of the newly registerd voters in Bethel voted elseware, why do you have to insert your assumtion as a fact ?

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 09:55 AM Anonymous Says:

To 1

Another self-hating Chuchem.

You think the locals in Bethel hate you less because you live in Flatbush? Trust me, they don't. A "Hassid" is a hassid even if he has a ummer house in Vacation Village

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 09:48 AM Anonymous Says:

If they pay taxes, why not have a say where there money should go?

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 08:48 AM Aron Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You can't vote in two locations, if you vote in the Catskills don't expect to also be able to vote in WB.

Why do you presume that people are voting in two places?

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 09:58 AM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

the fact is that NOT ONE of the newly registerd voters in Bethel voted elseware, why do you have to insert your assumtion as a fact ?

And how do you know that? You're also "inserting your assumption as a fact."

Furthermore, it doesn't matter whether they actually voted in Willie or not. If they're not entitled to vote in Bethel, they're not entitled.

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Let the court tell these ehrleche yiddin to go back and vote in BP and WB and not try to twist the law to vote where they don't have their primary residence. I guess they want to be embarrassed and pay a lot of legal expenses before they realize the obvious but it is their right and certainly the lawyers are smiling.

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 Nov 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM VOTE AND BE WISE Says:

We must continue to register to vote in all ten towns of Sullivan county .Gone are the days when the old timers looked out for the FRUM brothers from NYC .
Now its a new generation and we must fend for our selves Remember we are no different then the large non frum Florida contingent of non shomer shabbos have been voting for years and were ,and are never challenged .
We need to have a say in all positions Judges and DA and the ten county Legislators
and Town Boards who Appoint the Zoning board and the Planning board . and tax assessors
We are here to stay and we must have real representation
Of course we wont vote twice .never.

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