I wrote an article a while back titled Republicans Don’t Have to Worry About Winning Over Voters, They’re Just Going to Rig Elections, which took aim at the blatant attempts by Republican-controlled states all across the country to pass strict new voter ID laws targeting people who tend to vote Democratic.
The State of Texas is one of the leaders in this movement to restrict American voting rights, and their new voter ID laws are just about to go into effect. These new restrictions on our right to vote have the potential to disenfranchise a third of the female voters in Texas. In any year this would be an alarming number, but it’s even more important now that Texas has a female Democrat running for governor next year.
How do these laws stand a good chance at disenfranchising women voters? Well, it’s pretty simple.
See, the new law requires that the name on their birth certificate matches the name the woman is currently using. If it doesn’t, that woman is then required to provide evidence of the change of name through a marriage license or some other means. Which might not sound like a big deal, except what if they can’t find it? What if a woman has been divorced, but never changed her name back? What if a woman has been divorced multiple times? Good luck finding all the divorce documentation.
Essentially, for many woman, they may have to jump through hoops just to prove their legal right to vote.
It’s my opinion that our right to vote, and our ability to vote, should be the simplest thing we do. The process to register should be easy and voting locations should be plentiful.
Anyone who’s actively trying to make voting harder clearly has an agenda. History tells us this. Whether it was preventing women from voting, poll taxes or requiring someone pass a test before being allowed to vote—history shows that those who seek to make voting harder are clearly trying to rig elections to benefit their side of the political debate.
Which is exactly what Republicans are trying to do. All across the nation, Republican legislatures are doing everything they can to disenfranchise as many voters as possible, specifically those who don’t often vote for the Republican party.
But the worst part is, conservatives voters simply don’t seem to care. When talking with many of them personally, I get the attitude from them that, “If it defeats the Democrats, I’ve got no problem with it.” Which is honestly a terrifying mindset to see coming from people who support one of the two major political parties in this country.
They really don’t care if these laws disenfranchise voters. Hell, they really don’t care if they’re basically rigging elections As long as in the end it benefits their party, they’ll take the victory through any means necessary.
Which is truly ironic coming from the party that seems to never shut up about “Constitutional values.” But the truth is, Republicans couldn’t care less about our Constitution. They have no problem violating it, or seeing it trampled, if it gets them what they want.
And that’s exactly what the GOP is doing as they push through these new strict voter ID laws to combat the so-called “rampant voter fraud”—that doesn’t exist.