Sunday, December 15, 2013

Texas Wants To Strip Right To Vote from Women

Texas Republicans have a way of offending Democracy on a regular basis that borders on unique among states. Texas, of course, is not alone in being anti-woman. Examples are legion, most recently in Michigan where legislators want to require women to buy rape insurance.

The most recent outrage is an effort to disenfranchise more than a third of its women voters. Yes, these knuckle-dragging Cro-Magnons in the Texas General Assembly want to make it so difficult for women to vote that they won't. That's because Wendy Davis, whose filibuster recently caused a national stir, is running a strong race for governor and she's a Democrat. Can't beat her fair, then cheat. Hell, it's the Republican Way.

This from

Think Progress reports that as of November 5, Texans must show a photo ID with their up-to-date legal name. It sounds like such a small thing, but according to the Brennan Center for Justice, only 66 percent of voting age women have ready access to a photo document that will attest to proof of citizenship. This is largely because young women have not updated their documents with their married names, a circumstance that doesn’t affect male voters in any significant way. Suddenly 34 percent of women voters are scrambling for an acceptable ID, while 99 percent of men are home free.

As of November 5, a birth certificate is not enough. Women voters will have to show legal proof of a name change: a marriage license, a divorce decree, or court ordered change; and they have to be the original documents. No photocopies allowed. This means thousands of women face the hassle of figuring out what they need and how to get it. Then they face at least a $20 fee, more if a woman doesn’t have the time to stand in line and wants it mailed. As a result, many women who are eligible to vote, won’t.