06 Nov How the Hasidic Community Votes
So many people assume that Hasidim, like other conservative groups, vote on religious values issues. They assume that Hasidim care about gay marriage and abortion, because that’s a Christian conservative political issue. I often explain the distinction in Ultra Orthodox Jewish attitudes towards politics and that of the Conservative Right. While the conservative right considers the law as a source of moral law and instruction, Hasidim see the Torah as the source of moral law. They also don’t consider those outside of their community their moral concern. So Hasidim vote largely based on the interest of the community.
They vote like a union. Collectively advancing the interest of the whole by voting as one, and supporting candidates seen as favorable to their “union”.
Here are some of the pre-primary election (for Governer of New York and Attorney General of New York) posters in Hasidic Williamsburg in 2018.
In other words, you can see why people would want to vote in the bloc. Hasidic voters benefit personally from their candidates.
Here is my own opinion on this:
As someone on the very far left of much of American politics (shutter!) I find myself sympathetic to many of the issues covered here, like not prosecuting people for petty crimes and turning them into poster children of “justice” (I abhor this type of “justice”, often for the poor) and I think funding should go for social fabric programs like little children’s educations. The lessons for me is that people vote in their own best interest, if only the candidates actually serve their interests. Hasidim’s candidates often do.