Voter ID Bills Bad News For Women Voters

Republican attacks on voting rights don’t just disproportionately impact minority voters or the elderly. They threaten to disenfranchise an entire population of women.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice approximately ten percent of voting-age Americans don’t have ID with both current name and address on it– requirements in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania under new photo voter ID laws. A significant portion of those without that idea are women whose last names change with marriages and whose address my change due to separations, divorces or because they are leaving an abusive domestic relationship.

This reality dawned on voting rights advocate Faye Anderson when she faced the reality of not being able to vote now under Pennsylvania’s restrictive new voting laws. Anderson is a middle-aged New York transplant living in Philadelphia. She commuted up and down the East Coast and, like many New Yorkers, Anderson doesn’t drive so she doesn’t need a driver’s license. But if she wants to vote in her current home state, she needed something.

Anderson described the challenge to Colorlines as “disenfranchising by design to make voters jump through all these hoops,” said Anderson. “It’s unreasonable that women, with all that’s going on in their lives, will then have time to sit down and Google ‘where do I get my birth certificate,’ ‘where do I find my marriage certificate,’ ‘where to find the closest social security office,’ the hours they’re open, how to get there, and once there do they have all the documents they need.”

It’s a significant problem but one that won’t be resolved before the 2012 presidential election. So, instead of complaining about the problem, Anderson helped launch the Cost of Freedom web application which gives voters detailed information on where to find documents like birth and marriage certificates, where those offices are located, and how late they stay open.

This puts the War on Women in a whole new context: not only are Republicans advancing policies specifically targeting women’s ability to control their destinies, they are creating a regime that denies them a vote in the process.

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Photo from Natalie Maynor via flickr.


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Inna Z.
Past Member 4 years ago

Aleen C: You're one sick woman. If after what's happened in Benghazi you still came up with your usual nonsense, we have nothing to discuss. YOU ARE SICK! This the only thing I can tell you. Our Ambassador and three of our bravest were murdered because Obama wanted them to be murdered; because he didn't do a thing to save their lives; because he fired the general in Benghazi who was going to help our people; because he went to sleep knowing that Ambassador and three marines were fighting for their lives. And next morning he lied to us and went for a fundraising! For more than two weeks his servants were lying to us! And you still defending him? Are you crazy on top of being sick?

Aileen C.
Aileen C.4 years ago

Get Lost Inna Z.
Have a good laugh then, People are only trying to do what they can. You however are doing what...............

Shane S.
Shane S.4 years ago

Why would Republicans want to limit the elderly vote? Why is it so hard for a "woman" to get a legal ID? This could be a state ID (free), drivers license ($), or passport ($$$)? All the women I have dated and known in my life seem perfectly competent to accomplish this task? Is there a particular demographic you are insinuating?

Americans have the RIGHT to vote. It is really quite simple. They have to be ALIVE, not felonies, and provide proof they are who they are so that they can complete this RIGHT.

Gwynethrose F.
Gwynethrose F.4 years ago

It's ridiculous, the hoops women have to jump through just to get ID don't have to do this, which is another good reason for a woman to keep her name.

Inna Z.
Past Member 4 years ago

Beth K,
I am on this site because I love to have a good laugh. People who either don't know facts, or pretend that they don't know facts or simple lying about real facts and information that is easily available to them and continue passionately write about all these fabricated facts... to me it's really funny. Even if people like you will once in a while stumble upon the truth they will manage to pick themselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened. As Winston Churchill once said: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Have a good day.

Beth K.
.4 years ago

ALEC is writing all these voter suppression laws, and their lap puppet republicans are passing them.

Beth K.
.4 years ago

Inna, so why are you on this site? If it's that difficult for you.

Frank S.
4 years ago

A Quarter of the US Population Hispanic

“May 23, 2050 - The US population has now grown to 419 million people, of which almost a quarter, 24.4% are of Hispanic origin. Their share of the population has almost doubled since 50 years ago and there are now more than 102 million Hispanic living in the US.”-

The changing face of America: Time-lapse map reveals how non-whites will become the majority in U.S. within 30 years
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 08:52 EST, 27 May 2011

Frank S.
4 years ago

It is true that republicans would love to suppress women voters along with the voting rights of all minorities. Why? The writing is on the wall and they have read it. By 2050, Hispanics will make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, and most Hispanics, especially of Mexican descent vote Democratic. Now add the power of Women voters, along with that of all other ethnic Minorities in the U.S.A. to the mix and what do you have? A Democratic voting power tsunami is forming! So the republicans and their base are all shaking in their hypocritical boots.

As their reign on American politics will be effectively end within 25-30 years, that is the reason for all of these new laws affecting women and minorities, and the tearing down of laws in place to protect minorities as well. Have you ever seen a movie where the bad guy or villain is running away, and the hero is chasing him. Well the villain starts throwing anything he can get his hands on to try and escape his fate. In the movies in hardly ever works, and in real life it won’t either. The republicans are doomed politically in the future and they know it. So all they can do is try to huff and puff to prolong their reign a bit longer, before their political power ends permanently. Because after 2050 the Republican Party will be in shambles politically speaking, as they have alienated all the minorities soon to be majority and now are doing the same with Women voters.

A Quarter of the US Population Hispanic