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STATEMENT OF                              CONTACT:    Gretchen Wrightor Molly Tomlinson
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner,                                                       202/371-1999
Executive Director, CEO and Co-Founder,
MomsRising, on Judge Blocking Provisions of
Pennsylvania Voter Identification Law
 
October 2, 2012
 

MomsRising Leader Says Moms Disproportionately Affected by Voter ID Laws, Praises Blocking of Pennsylvania Law
 

“Today’s action by Judge Robert Simpson to block enforcement of  Pennsylvania’s draconian and unnecessary voter identification law is cause for celebration among women and moms everywhere! This law is one of many underhanded and unfair efforts to prevent citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
 
“While many people don’t realize it, moms are among those disproportionately affected by voter ID laws, along with students, the elderly and people of color. With about half of first marriages ending in divorce, moms change their names more than most other groups and don’t always have time to change their names on various legal documents.  In fact, as many as a third of voting-age women—who have proof of citizenship—do not have documents with their current legal name.
 
“Election Day is the one day that we’re all equal—rich, poor, young, old, male or female – we all have one equal vote. The Pennsylvania law and others like it undermine that equality.
 
“Political pundits are anticipating a record turnout in this year’s presidential election and they expect women and mothers to play a pivotal role in the election results. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that everyone who has the right to suffrage is able to exercise it.
 
“We, at MomsRising.org are encouraged by Judge Simpson’s wisdom and courage. We thank him for taking a stand to uphold our democracy, women's rights, and civil rights.”
 

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MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable child care, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2012, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the third year in a row.