If Mary Burke does become THE candidate for governor, Republicans have another tool to suppress votes, from this time from married women.
My own wife has always had problems setting the record straight when it came to her legal name. She eventually took my last name, but who knows where the documentation for that change is.
So imagine what would happen if Wisconsin Republicans, in an attempt to cut down on...who knows, women voting twice. In restoring confidence in our electoral system, Republicans might want to adopted the new Texas law featured below for gubernatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis.
I’m thinking these new tools to catch fraud will suddenly become the talk of the party here. Lawrence O'Donnell explains:
Salon: Texas voter ID law may disenfranchise a third of female voters: Texas’ new voter ID law, set to go into effect on Nov. 5, requires individuals to provide a photo ID featuring their legally recognized name in order to vote … but married women and transgender people (some of whom are married women) are also among those likely to be impacted by the new law.
According to recent data, 34 percent of voting-age women do not have a document that currently reflects their current legal name. Among transgender women and men, the number is 41 percent. That is a lot of people who no longer meet the current requirements, and who may be hard-pressed to get a valid ID in time for the November election.
Natalie Smith at Policy Mic notes: Now ask a woman who’s been married for years where her original marriage certificate is. Ask a woman who’s been divorced — maybe more than once — where all the divorce decrees are. Ask elderly women where their original birth certificate is.