Women overcoming Voter ID Laws
In Ohio, women are out trying to find voters in their homes, churches and community centers in nine cities to make sure as many voters as possible attain the proper ID. The women do not want voters to arrive on Election Day and not be able to cast their ballots.
A large number of black women have revived the wave of voting rights advocacy. It has been provoked by the changes in a number of states for voter ID requirements. Therefore, the women are helping voters to navigate the voting system. They say it is fitting since black women in 2008 had the biggest voter turnout of any group in the entire presidential election.
This week the Congressional Black Caucus is holding its annual conference in Washington D.C. The financial and political power of women today, especially black women is the theme of the event this week. The event ends on Saturday with a speech from the most visible women in the U.S., Michelle Obama the first lady.
Members of the caucus have been telling those in attendance that black women must turn out again in big numbers just as they did in 2008. Turnout generally is higher among women of all races than it is for men. At the 2008 election, close to 69% of all eligible black women voters cast their ballot. That marked an increase of over 5% from the 2004 election. Only 66% of the eligible white women voted in 2008.
Black women, who total about 20 million in America, have been for a long time the largest group of voters for the Democratic Party in the U.S. Urgency could be felt this week at the event, as voter registration deadlines approach. Very few of the event’s attendees agreed with the idea that the new voter ID laws were meant to curb fraud, as supporters of the legislation have maintained.