AL lawmaker proposes voter photo ID law amendment for religious objections

Updated: Mar. 8, 2017 at 6:38 PM CST
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(WAFF) - The Alabama legislature is considering amending its photo voter ID law. It would allow people not to show a photo ID if they have a religious objection to being photographed.

Rep. Kerry Rich pushed the first photo ID bill back in 2011. He said they're doing this to prevent the possibility of a lawsuit.

Getting your picture taken and making sure you have a photo ID when going to the polls is the law now in Alabama, and Rich says the Supreme Court has upheld that.

But Rich says a group of Mennonites and Amish in the state have objections to that based on religious grounds. They're currently able to vote by having two poll workers verify who they are before voting.

If passed, the new law would allow them to verify their identity and get a voter ID card. But Rich says the law would not apply to those of the Muslim faith.

"Some people have said this might apply to Muslims. It would not apply to Muslims. They do not object to having their photo taken. There was some controversy in some state where someone had refused to take their burka off a female to have their photo taken, but their face would still show," said Rich.

The bill has passed a committee and is expected to be sent to the House for a vote.

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