Tens of thousands of religiously observant Jews will be unable to go to a polling station to vote on 14 October if a general election is called for that day, critics have warned.
The date slated for a proposed election clashes with the first day of Succot, a Jewish religious festival.
Observant Jews cannot vote on this day because activities associated with work – including writing – are banned on major festivals.
Number 10 has not yet commented.
David Landy, a religiously observant Jew who lives in Hendon, north-west London, will not vote in person if an election is held on that day.
He says: “I am astounded that someone at No 10 has not got access to a Jewish calendar.”
Mr Landy, a married chartered surveyor with three children, adds: