You can’t say Andrea Anthony didn’t try. A 37-year-old #African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. On November 8, 2016, she went to the Clinton Rose #Senior Center, her polling site on the predominantly #black north side of #Milwaukee, to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. “Voting is important to me because I know I have a little, teeny, tiny voice, but that is a way for it to be heard,” she said. “Even though it’s one vote, I feel it needs to count.” She’d lost her driver’s #license a few days earlier, but she came prepared with an expired Wisconsin state ID & proof of residency. A #poll worker confirmed she was registered to vote at her current address. But this was #Wisconsin’s first major election that required voters—even those who were already registered—to present a current driver’s license, #passport, or state or #military ID to cast a ballot. Anthony couldn’t, and so she wasn’t able to #vote. (#SWIPE Left)
The poll worker gave her a provisional #ballot instead. It would be counted only if she went to the Department of #Motor Vehicles to get a new ID & then to the city clerk’s office to confirm her vote, all within 72 hours of #Election Day. But Anthony couldn’t take time off from her job as an administrative assistant at a housing management #company, and she had five kids and two grandkids to look after. For the first time in her life, her vote wasn’t counted.
I met Anthony on a rainy #Wednesday evening in mid-August. She had recently moved to Madison for a job making sales calls for the #health #insurance company #Humana and was living in an Econo Lodge off the freeway with two of her kids and her mother-in-law as she looked for permanent housing. “This particular election was very important to me,” she told me in the motel’s small lobby, citing her strong aversion to #DonaldTrump. “I felt like the right to vote was being stripped away from me.” For Full article: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/voter-suppression-wisconsin-election-2016/ #votersuppression #voter #suppression #id