The most recent attack on democratic elections are the new voter ID laws, many of which are currently being enforced and require specific forms of photo IDs. One in ten eligible voters do not have an ID that meets the requirements of these voter ID laws and specific demographics have less access to these documents: 25 percent of African-Americans, 16 percent of Hispanics, 15 percent of low-income, 18 percent of Americans age 18-24, and 18 percent of Americans over age 65 lack the proper identification. These laws have hidden costs to voters, such as the charges attached to getting a copy of birth certificates, marriage licenses (for married women), and social security cards that are necessary to get a “free” government issued ID. To make matters worse, voters who lack the proper ID will have to cast a provisional ballot, which is more likely to be uncounted.
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.”