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
“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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