Wendy Davis’ famous filibuster has given Texas conservatives a new political foe that they are now desperately trying to keep away from the polls: Women!
That’s right. Women are now an enemy to republican Texans because the other sex tends to think about their hoo-haws as being something the government should regulate. The nerve of those humans without man-parts! To the chagrin of many of these republicans, women can’t just be treated as property as their bibles tell them they are… so they have to do it by keeping the ladies from voting.
After November 5th, 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% 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% of women voters are scrambling for an acceptable ID, while 99% 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.
Here is a bit of the underplayed story on the Texas voter laws from the Washington Post which explains all of the groups who will be affected as well as mentions the new early registration for 2014.