10 responses to Amish, voting, and photo IDs
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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 06:34)

    Thank the Lord that there are some English with common sence and respect!

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    Richard
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 07:35)

    Interesting story, I’m not aware of the rules in Pennsylvania regarding the Amish and voting, so ill need to look into that one. Mr. miller in the video sounds like he has a slight New York accent, maybe i need to clean my ears a little. With mostly low voter turn-outs in most elections, states will be needing as much voter participation as they could get. So it will be interesting how Ohio handles this, and if other states will be taking notice of it. Richard. Pennsylvania.

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    Tom
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 08:10)

    This story looks like the media is trying to make the situation seem more dire than it really is. It would be nice to see the full interview and see how much cutting was done by the news station.

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    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 08:39)

    From what I have read on this issue, it seems generated by the media. I keep reading things about photo IDs such as “the Amish prohibit being photographed” which we know is simply untrue. They prefer not to be photographed, and they discourage their young people from getting too interested in having photographstaken of themselves – but it isn’t a foundational block of their theology,as some seem to think. As for voting – not a topic I have discussed much with Anabaptists – I would think that, like many farmers and small business owners, the Amish find that neither party much represents their needs and interests.

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    Damon Hickey
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 09:41)

    There’s a fine irony here. The laws requiring photo IDs were pushed almost entirely by Republicans, despite the absence of evidence of widespread election fraud. It was presented as a “good government” issue, but many Democrats suspected that the real reason was to discourage voting by poorer people who would be less likely to have IDs or driver’s licenses and who tend to vote Democratic. But it may end up keeping the Amish, who tend to vote Republican (when they vote), from going to the polls. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly passed a religious exemption

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    Mona
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 09:45)

    Very interesting……..instead of worrying about the Amish having their picture taken, worry about Obama still hasn’t presented “HIS” birth certficate !!!!!!! Before he can even run again, that needs to be done…….
    I just hope people wake up for the next election…..especially the SENIORS whom has not received a C.O.L.A. increase since Obama has been in office !!!!!Just what does that tell you?????Personally speaking, I do not see anything he has done for me !!!!

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    Lindsay
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 12:09)

    Wow…just wow Mona. I just don’t think this needs to be turned into a political blog, no matter how strongly you feel about something. It’s about Amish y’know 😉

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 12:13)

    I have never gone to vote where they asked me to prove who I was. Yes, I grew up in this town and everyone knows about everyone, but still. Even in the years I lived in Florida, they never asked for anything with a picture on it. I think that people would know someone who was Amish by the way of they dress and act that they don’t need a card with their picture on it.
    Marilyn

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    Forest
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 13:30)

    I wouldn’t think this would be a real issue for most Amish. While I’m sure it varies from community to community, I’d be surprized if more than 5% of Amish vote nationwide. I would guess that most conferences would prohibit voting as being too much of a connection to the world. Our (conservative Mennonite) conference prohibits voting.

    But then, they have to sell papers somehow…

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    Chelsea
    Comment on Amish, voting, and photo IDs (April 6th, 2011 at 18:19)

    It’s kind of surprising to see how many Amish already have a photo ID though. I work as a cashier and often ask to see an ID when a credit card is not signed and some Amish have what we might expect of them, an ID with no photo on it and it says “no photo required” in the spot where it would have gone while others have a photo on their “non-driver ID card” as is called where I am.

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