First it was the outrage that you should have to show a piece of government issued photo ID to vote.
This was, of course, declared to be racist because some oddly large percentage of a particular “minority” race doesn’t have photo ID (notice that they won’t tell you that they are including person’s currently incarcerated in that percentage to despite the fact that these folks already cannot vote).
As of November 5th, when Texas’s strict voter ID law goes into effect, voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls. Twenty-five percent of eligible African-American voters and 16% of Hispanics do not have an ID that would satisfy the new Texas voter ID requirements. Eighteen percent of people over the age of 65 do not have a current ID at all, and student ID card issued by their college or university are not acceptable to allow them to vote in Texas. Unsurprisingly, most of these voters tend to vote for Democrats.
Now, not only are Voter ID laws racist, they are also sexist, because Texas.
But there’s an extra, very nasty little sting in the tail: these approved voter IDs also require that voters have their up-to-date legal name at the polls. This effectively impacts a huge proportion of women, particularly those who are married. Only 66% of voting age women has ready access to a photo document that will attest to proof of citizenship and what Texas considers a “legal” name. This is largely significant because married women don’t always update their documents with their married names, while changing names after marriage isn’t something that usually affects male voters. 34% of women voters – those who are even aware that such an ID will be necessary or they will be prevented from voting – are hurrying to update their documents, not so easy to do and, tellingly, not that quick. Texas is making obtaining this photo ID with a so-called “up-to-date” name as difficult as possible; women must show original documents, along with both a birth certificate and proof of marriage, divorce degree, or court-ordered changes. Photocopies just aren’t good enough.
Apparently, Texas Republicasn have found a way to close all state government offices between now and the election so that women cannot update their documents.
I mean fucking-A, really? Keeping your legal records up to date is a full time chore now? What if, (insert deity or afterlife location of your choice here) forbid, one of these over-burdened and estrogen-soaked souls dies in a car accident tomorrow. Do they not understand about how this could completely mess up their survivor’s lives by procrastinating this shit?
Maybe if they did understand, they would start voting government out of their lives.
I’m done with these people who cannot manage their own lives to the point where they burden me with their complaining about how complicated they have made their shit.