Before I start this I want to make something very clear: I oppose voter ID laws. Completely. Totally. Without reservation.
That said, I think we should concentrate on important issues surrounding them and exploit loopholes when we can. Running around hollering, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” simply suppresses Democratic turnout and fulfills the Republican notion that we’re overreacting.
The latest complaint is that women are being targeted for voter ID because supposedly only 66% of women have an ID that reflects their current name. Folks are saying that if your voter registration card doesn’t match the name on your driver’s license, you won’t be allowed to vote or that you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
That’s almost true.
However, when the Secretary of State conducted training for election judges in Austin, Texas, it was made very clear that if a woman’s driver’s license and her voter registration has the same first name, address, and DOB, she can sign an affidavit attesting that she is the same person and then she can vote a regular ballot. I know that’s a hassle that women shouldn’t have to do and we should fight it.
Ask women to re-register to vote in the same name that’s on her driver’s license or give her the information she needs to vote a regular ballot. But, please, pretty please, don’t tell her she can’t vote. Unless she’s wearing a “Ted Cruz for God, Junior” button and then softly inform he that she’s going to hell.