The new Voter ID laws solicited by Conservatives aren’t balancing out well for some. One such individual, Ruthelle Frank, is also a leading member of her community and now she cannot vote for the first time in her 48 year history of voting.
Supposedly this law was enacted to prevent fraudulent voting, however, it’s disenfranchising those legally allowed to vote, who are typically elderly, poor and or minorities.
Ms. Frank, born on Aug. 21, 1927 in her home, was visited by a doctor during her mother’s complicated delivery. The delivery resulted in Frank being paralyzed on the left side of her body.
Wausau Daily Herald reports:
Her mother recorded her birth in the family Bible. Frank still has it. A few months later, when Ruthelle was baptized, her mother got a notarized certificate of baptism. She still has that document, too.
The one document she’s never had, or needed was a birth certificate and without it she cannot get a state ID card which is necessary to vote according to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. Ms. Frank has actively voted since 1948.
“It’s really crazy,” she said this week, sitting at her kitchen table with evidence of her identity spread out before her — the baptism certificate, a Social Security card, a Medicare statement, a checkbook. “I’ve got all this proof. You mean to tell me that I’m not a U.S. citizen? That I don’t live at 123 First St. in Brokaw?
The state Register of Deeds in Madison has a record of her birth which it can generate a birth certificate for her but at a cost to her. That cost is $20 and Ms. Frank states, “I look at that like paying a fee to vote.”
To further complicate matters, the attending physician at her birth misspelled her maiden name, which was Wedepohl. This means it will be necessary for Frank to petition a court in order to have the document amended, resulting in costs amounting $200 or more.
This is not an isolated case:
A 2005 study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Employment and Training Institute found an estimated 177,399 Wisconsin residents 65 and older do not have a driver’s license or state photo ID — 23 percent of that population. The study estimated that another 98,247 residents ages 35 through 64 lack IDs. Disparities were especially pronounced among racial minorities.
Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover (I like the name of that county), has circulated a bill which would waive the state’s birth certificate fees for people who are trying to vote. Only one cosponsor out of the 11 is a Republican.
“I feel for other people out there” who don’t have IDs, she said. “I think they just won’t vote.” And that’s what the other Republicans spreading this bill across America are counting on. Unless, we are to believe that in order to prevent someone from possibly voting fraudulently, they must ostracize other groups in the voting ranks.
This is but another reason to recall Governor Walker. Democrats are fighting, trying to keep our voting rights intact by pushing back on these new laws which disenfranchise voters.
You can check it out at this new site: Protecting the Vote
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