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9. What the Voter ID Law Really Means for Women in Texas
Sun Oct 27, 2013, 02:15 PM
Oct 2013

What the Voter ID Law Really Means for Women in Texas
Varying maiden and marriage names on crucial documents, and documents showing genders different to that presented, could cause problems for many voters at the polls

By Maya Rhodan @m_rhodanOct. 24, 2013 - http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/24/what-voter-id-laws-really-mean-for-women-voters-in-texas/

In Texas, where early voting for the Nov. 5 elections started on Monday, the state’s controversial photo ID law is being enforced for the first time as citizens cast their ballots. In 2012, the Department of Justice found that the law discriminated against minorities and low-income voters in the state — now there’s growing concern that it places an unnecessary burden on women. Name changes that may have come as a result of marriage or divorce, reports say, may cause problems at the polls.

On Tuesday, a local television station ran a story about a judge who faced an issue at the voting booth. “What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts told Kiii News of South Texas. She had to sign an affidavit affirming her identity in order to vote because the last name on her voter registration card, her maiden name, didn’t match the last name on her license. “This is the first time I have ever had a problem voting,” she said.

State officials say the issue, however, may not cause as many problems as the reports suggest. “We want to be very careful not to cause false alarm,” Alicia Pierce, a spokesperson for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, told TIME. “We’ve worked very closely with poll workers to create the right forms and the right training to make sure this isn’t an issue at the polls.”

Though the law requires that names on both the identification card and the voter registration card be “substantially similar,” if a person’s name doesn’t match exactly they will still have an opportunity to vote. In that case, voters are required to sign an affidavit affirming they are who they claim, which is then noted in the poll book. ............

God damnit the fucking DOJ needs to get on this shit gopiscrap Oct 2013 #1
.... CatWoman Oct 2013 #2
Attorney General Eric Holder issued a lawsuit to stop TX voter ID law. Coyotl Oct 2013 #3
Good, thank you, I didn't realize that gopiscrap Oct 2013 #5
OMG. This is awful. You're right. We need to get the DOJ on the ball. Th1onein Oct 2013 #4
A previous on this thread posted that the DOJ is on it gopiscrap Oct 2013 #6
Alrighty, things went exactly as they had planned etherealtruth Oct 2013 #7
Yep. LisaL Oct 2013 #8
In legal filing they claim it isn't discrimination because they've done it in so many states. Coyotl Oct 2013 #14
Exactly etherealtruth Oct 2013 #18
What the Voter ID Law Really Means for Women in Texas Coyotl Oct 2013 #9
It's very hard to get an ID in TX. Even for those who drive. LisaL Oct 2013 #10
You ain't kidding. When I moved here I had to first get my car registered, and then ScreamingMeemie Oct 2013 #20
Texas Asks U.S. Judge to Dismiss Photo ID Voter Lawsuit Coyotl Oct 2013 #11
I hope there are some serious lawyers involved in trying to Skidmore Oct 2013 #12
Infographic on States Trying to Restrict Minority Voting Rights Coyotl Oct 2013 #13
It is not easy to get the ID card in Texas dem in texas Oct 2013 #15
Exactly. LisaL Oct 2013 #17
'pukes know and revel in the fact that an individual will likely give up if given enough hoops to indepat Oct 2013 #23
They are weighing the benefits and the political costs and they know it means more victories. Coyotl Oct 2013 #24
That's what it looks like. LisaL Oct 2013 #32
That was their intent. jsr Oct 2013 #16
They are grasping at adavid Oct 2013 #19
Oh, it is not straws. The art of shaving points to win elections is as old as elections. Coyotl Oct 2013 #25
It's hard to imagine that making it harder to get a driver's license ... surrealAmerican Oct 2013 #21
The Future of the Voting Rights Act - How effective is Section 2 ... Coyotl Oct 2013 #22
Is some sort of federal ID enough? Or does it have to be a state issued ID?............. socialist_n_TN Oct 2013 #26
Imagine the right-wing outrage if the federal government offered everyone a free ID. Coyotl Oct 2013 #31
Jim Crow II pitbullgirl1965 Oct 2013 #27
Yes and yes. Restore all voting rights and have a Democracy Day holiday for voting. Coyotl Oct 2013 #28
100+ pitbullgirl1965 Oct 2013 #29
Something Must Be Done IrishAyes Oct 2013 #30
Public backlash is needed with a strong voter registration drive and intense GOTV efforts. Coyotl Oct 2013 #33
Hey, buster! I'm almost 68! IrishAyes Oct 2013 #34
Voting Rights Group: Over 1 In 10 Texas Voters Lack ID Required To Vote Coyotl Oct 2013 #35
Kick Scurrilous Oct 2013 #36
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