January 11, 2018

How voter supression particularly hurts women

Caregivers: Women make up 69 percent of unpaid caregivers to older adults. If they’re caring for someone, unpaid, that means they don’t necessarily have the means to buy documents needed to obtain an ID, pay for a car or taxi to get to a polling place, or even take the time to step away from their person in need.
Women who are poor or work hourly wage jobs: There are more women living in poverty than men. So if voting already impacts people with less means to legally cast their vote thanks to more restrictions, women will bear most of the burden. Plus, if a woman works an hourly job, she doesn’t have the luxury of getting paid if she misses a day or leaves work early.
Women who are abused: Domestic violence is a form of manipulation and the majority of victims are women. A victim of domestic violence may have no access to her own money or transportation. Her partner may be against her right to vote or even her wish to act independently.
Students: Even college students are affected by voter suppression tactics. Many students run into trouble when their addresses or IDs don't match the area where they attend school. The majority of college students? Women.
Disabled and older women: According to the National Disability Rights Network, "approximately 3 million disabled people are disenfranchised and 40 percent of those who tried to vote reported problems voting," said Maya Contreras, founder of the American Women’s Party, a new organization that educates the public on political rights. "Women who are disabled are also impacted by poverty, sexism or lack of access," she added. Women can’t vote if they can’t drive, don’t have assistance with forms or computers and if the polling places aren’t handicap-accessible.

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