Nuns protest voter disenfranchisement

As a recovering Catholic turned devout atheist, it’s not often I say this: nuns kick ass.

Following Missouri’s proposal of (disenfranchising) new voter ID laws, (similar to Indiana’s), the Franciscan Sisters of Mary are protesting the laws that will make it more difficult for minorities and elderly to vote.

This comes after twelve Indiana nuns (all in their 80s and 90s) were recently turned away by a fellow Sister for lack of government-issued ID.

Indiana’s new voter ID laws are the toughest in the nation, and many people are having problems casting their ballot.

[A] group of voting rights advocates that established a separate hot line reported receiving several calls from would-be voters who were turned away at precincts because they did not have a state or federal identification bearing a photograph.

One newly married woman said she was told she couldn’t vote because her driver’s license name didn’t match the one on her voter registration record…Another woman said she was turned away from casting her first-ever ballot because she had only a college-issued ID card and an out-of-state driver’s license, Perez said.

“These laws are confusing. People don’t know how they’re supposed to be applied,” she said.

Indiana’s photo ID law is the strictest in the country. The Republican-led effort was designed to combat ballot fraud, said supporters, who also have acknowledged that no case involving someone impersonating a voter at the polls has ever been prosecuted in Indiana.

The state’s American Civil Liberties Union sued, calling the law a poll tax that disproportionately affected minorities and elderly voters, those most likely to lack such identification. On April 28, the Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 that the law did not violate the Constitution.

Now if only we could get the nuns to protest those disempowering abortion laws…


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