Some Whitehall Residents Complain About Voting at a Mosque

November 15, 2005

Source: WDC Media/

On November 15, 2005 reported, "Some voters in Whitehall Township, Penn., were offended that the Lehigh Valley County election board had them vote at a local mosque on Nov. 8. The county uses 58 religious establishments for voting, but this was the first year that residents in the 12th District voted at the Islamic Center of Lehigh Valley... Betty Hillwig, the chief clerk of the county’s election board, said the Islamic Center of Lehigh Valley was generous to offer its space for voting booths, and that the center would continue to be used in future elections. 'About a half dozen people called and said they weren’t happy about it, but we were really lucky to be able to use the space,' said Hillwig. 'They just didn’t like the fact that it was in a mosque, because they didn’t want to have to visit a Muslim house of worship,' said [Ibrahim Hooper of the Washington, D.C. based Council on American-Islamic Relations]. The Morning Call, which reports Lehigh Valley local news, indicated that one-third of the voters at the mosque expressed concerns about voting there."