Queens polling site changed due to Jewish concerns

A polling site in a Queens, N.Y., church has been moved after some Jewish voters raised concerns about violating their religious beliefs by entering the building.

Kew Gardens Hills residents will now not have to vote at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church because their voting venue is being switched to the Kew Gardens Hills Library, according to the Times Ledger, a newspaper in Queens.

“It’s an issue for certain people that religiously don’t feel it’s right to ask them to vote in a church,” state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Queens) told the newspaper. — jta