Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pennsylvania Asks Intrusive Questions for Non-Photo Voter ID

AP reported yesterday on the problems faced by Amish and certain Mennonite sects now that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law has come into effect. Those who object for religious reasons to being photographed have the alternative of obtaining a non-photo ID from the state Department of Transportation. However questions are being raised about the intrusiveness of the affidavit that must be completed in order to obtain a non-photo ID. Applicants must answer 18 questions, including "Describe your religion," "How many members are there of your religion?"; "What religious practices do you observe?", and "Do other family members hold the same religious beliefs." Amish merely seeking to renew an existing ID can merely follow the past practice of submitting a letter from their bishop.