Pennsylvania voter ID Amish problem

It’s estimated that 700,000 Pennsylvania voters don’t posses photo identifications that would make them eligible to cast a ballot in November elections when the new legislation will go into force for the first time. The voter id law was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in mid March and signed by the governor just few hours later. While polls showed high support for the new law voting took place closely by the partisan lines. As in other states the opponents argued that the law might lead to voter’s discrimination. Differently than other states Pennsylvania is a home for 2 substantial religious groups that have issues with taking photographs. Amish and Mennonite communities religious beliefs object taking person’s photographs. The solution in this case is to apply for state identification card without photograph. The option has existed for very long time however now possibly high volume of new application brought into a spotlight. In order to apply for an state identification documents with no photograph a person needs to fill a form where questions are asked about the faith. Those questions are regarded by many as intrusive, intimidating and violating privacy, examples are “How many members are there of your religion?” “What’s the process by which you came to the religion?” “What religious practices do you observe?” “Do other family members hold the same religious beliefs?” According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation only around 4,000 no photo id cards have been issued to over 60,000 Amish population.
Those facts made even the Republicans concerned even though they were sponsors of the legislation

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