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Voting Bloc: How Will the Amish Vote?

With only 13 percent of eligible Amish voters casting their votes in 2004, they are not the most coveted vote. But with large populations in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio, they are not to be ignored.

Actually, they are kind of being ignored this year — unless you count Obama’s sad attempt to court the electricity-shunning group with the Amish For Obama blog — but in 2004 Bush went all out to woo them with his Southern charm. Without the influence of the Internet or TV, they are some of the most issued-focused voters out there.

How will they vote this year? Will they? To find out,


Since the Amish are largely a self-sufficient group, most think today’s outcome won't affect them. Those who do vote tend to be firm Republicans with ultratraditional values and an antigovernment stance. So what do they think about this election?

  • McCain lacks the religiosity and traditional values Bush championed, but Sarah Palin is bringing the ticket in the right direction.
  • Though women are regarded as men’s subordinates in Amish culture, many are OK with Sarah Palin running for VP. After all, some said, it’s not like she’s on the top of the ticket.
  • "The country isn’t ready for a black president." Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it! All-out racial attacks were common and often "he’s too inexperienced" segued into them.
  • Immigration, national security, and too many government handouts top their lists of concerns.
  • They don't think national healthcare would work, despite having their own health-care system, when the same values aren’t shared among everyone in the system.

Sounds like Amish Country will put McCain first!


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fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I hope they all vote!!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
considering their stance on social issues I'm sure they'd vote conservative
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
The Amish (I think) are totally exempt from the social security tax. I just thought that was interesting.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Well in that case, I hope LOTS of Amish people vote!!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
Way to put a bunch of people into a tiny box!
hope2be hope2be 8 years
Yayy for the Amish and voting :D Excited because 'tis coming to an end today. Yayy.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I don't think I'll be shedding tears over their lack of voter turnout at the polls.
stephley stephley 8 years
Okay, now we know who to blame...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I miss wierd al. I dont know why this post made me start sining "amish paradise" !!
janneth janneth 8 years
I agree. They aren't Demos or GOP.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Hmm, seems to me like they'd be most likely to vote Libertarian. You know, I never really thought about them voting before!
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