Wondering if Mennonites Vote?

Mennonites are a Christian sect that many people misunderstand. For example, some people think they are Amish, but they are a separate group. Mennonites believe in nonresistance and lead simple lives.

Many Mennonites choose to vote even though they aren’t required to do so. They choose to vote because they believe it is a way to participate in the democratic process and uphold the values they hold dear.

Mennonites are a Christian group with a long history of peace and social justice activism, and many Mennonites are committed to voting as a way to enact change in the world. However, some people wonder if Mennonites vote. This blog post will explore the evidence for and against the idea that Mennonites vote.

Also see Amish vs. Mennonites: What’s the Difference? to learn more.

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Why do some Mennonites refuse to vote? See below

Are Mennonites Allowed To Vote?

Mennonites are allowed to vote in the United States elections. There is no specific rule governing this within the Mennonite Church, but generally speaking, churches that adhere to historic Anabaptist principles support political rights for their members. This includes the right to vote.

Many Mennonites believe voting is a way to help promote peace and justice worldwide. [1] Others feel that participating in elections can help build bridges between different groups of people and help positively shape public policy.

There are several reasons why some Mennonites might choose to vote while others do not, but one of the main ones is conscience. For some Mennonites, voting is an act of conscience because they believe it is their responsibility as citizens to participate in the political process and make their voices heard.

Others may feel that voting is unnecessary because they see the government as corrupt or ineffective and believe that their faith should be enough to influence decisions made by officials.

Why Do Traditional Mennonites Refuse To Vote?

Traditional Mennonite farmers refuse to vote, citing their belief in two-kingdom theology. They believe God ultimately controls both the spiritual and temporal kingdoms. As such, they don’t feel compelled to vote or take part in politics to try and influence either one.

Mennonites believe earthly governments are corrupt and should not be involved in matters of the spiritual realm. [2] This stance has led some traditional Mennonites to refuse to vote for representatives in government, believing that voters would support the secular world rather than promote God’s kingdom.

Also see Do Amish and Mennonites Dress Differently? to learn more.

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Are Mennonites conservative or liberal? See below

What Percentage of Mennonite People Vote?

Approximately 10% of Mennonites currently vote in elections. However, it’s difficult to definitively determine this number, as voting rates among Mennonites vary depending on the region and community in which they live. However, voting rates among Mennonites have increased in the last decade.

Mennonites have a long history of peaceful protests and civil disobedience. Consequently, they have been wary of government participation and have often chosen not to vote. [3] In recent years, however, there has been a shift in this attitude, and more Mennonites are choosing to exercise their right to vote.

Are Mennonite People Conservative or Liberal?

When it comes to politics, the Mennonites are mainly conservative. They believe in following the Bible and its teachings completely, and many feel that this way of life is best for society. However, not all Mennonites are conservative.

The Mennonite faith is known for its conservative values. This can make it difficult for people to understand the Mennonite faith if they are more liberal in their beliefs. Some Mennonites feel that they should be more liberal in their views, especially when it comes to things like abortion and same-sex marriage. 

It’s an exciting topic to think about and has been debated among members of the faith for years. Yet, despite these differences, most Mennonites seem to share a common belief in pacifism and a lack of involvement in the military.

Also see Do Amish and Mennonite Get Along? to learn more.

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Do Amish people vote? See below

Is the Mennonite Vote Important to Politicians?

There is a lot of talk among politicians about the importance of the Mennonite vote. Some experts believe the Mennonite vote is significant to politicians as they could be a key swing group in certain elections. Mennonites have been known as a conservative voting bloc. They will only support candidates who share their religious beliefs and values.

However, this doesn’t mean that Mennonites always get what they want. Many times, their votes have helped to defeat candidates who they opposed. One reason for this is that Mennonites tend to be very selective when it comes to voting. They generally only cast ballots for candidates who share their beliefs and values.

This reality makes it difficult for politicians to appeal to them on a personal level. Instead, they need to focus on policies and issues that are important to them. Politicians who want to win the Mennonite vote must ensure that their policies reflect similar values and beliefs. At the same time, they won’t be able to rely on them for support no matter what.

Do Mennonites Receive Government Support?

Mennonites receive only limited support from the government. This includes taxes that help fund their schools and hospitals, as well as programs that provide food or housing assistance. 

The Netherlands is perhaps the most favorable country to be a Mennonite. There, the government provides a range of benefits and services, including:

  • Social welfare, such as health care and unemployment insurance
  • Education for both primary and secondary schools
  • Food assistance, including free meals at school cafeterias
  • Infrastructure development, such as road maintenance

In some other countries, such as Russia, Mennonites may experience significant discrimination from the government.

Do the Amish Vote?

The Amish are another conservative Christian sect with Anabaptist roots. They have some unique customs and rules that differ from most of American society. Some of these customs pertain to whether or not the Amish vote in elections.

Some Amish people vote, although not all agree with the practice. It’s generally accepted that most Amish do not participate in U.S. elections because they believe it is against their beliefs. 

A small percentage of Amish people who live in states with compulsory voting laws claim that they are able to vote in elections because they follow local election laws.


In conclusion, the Mennonites are not a particularly political group, so they are unlikely to vote in large numbers.

Also see Do Mennonite Women Wear Pants? to learn more.

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Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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