Women and Voter ID Laws: Suffrage 2.0?

Davis-headshotA wave of new voter identification laws in states across the country have drawn plenty of criticism, and rightly so. They’re a thinly veiled attempt by Republicans to suppress voting by the poor, who are disproportionately black and Hispanic and tend to vote for Democrats.

But the news coverage has missed another class of victims: women. Specifically those who’ve changed their names because of marriage or divorce.

The laws have set off a vigorous debate over women’s voting rights in Texas ahead of next week’s elections there. Supporters of Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor of the Lone Star State in 2014’s elections, have been protesting that if the state’s new law remains in effect, it will make it harder for women — and presumably many of Davis’ supporters — to vote in a year when the state’s major offices will be on the ballot.

But Texas isn’t the only state where women’s votes are being compromised. Exactly how and what states do you need to be worried about? You can read the rest of my column in USA Today.

Image via EMILY’s List

  • Today’s restrictive voting laws are in direct conflict with the great American idea of democracy in action.In the 2013 elections not all voting opportunities are created equal especially when it comes to women and minorities http://wp.me/p2qifI-1MA

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