Ninety-three years ago yesterday, women finally got the right to vote. That was in 1920–only 144 years after the Declaration of Independence declared that “all men are created equal.”
Yet today Montana Republicans are still obsessed with restoring policies from 100 years ago–including erecting barriers to make it harder to vote. During the 2013 legislature, they voted to put a measure on the ballot to eliminating same-day voter registration and making the last day to register to vote the Friday before the election to create additional and unnecessary obstacles to voting.
This means everyone in Montana will have less time to register to vote in Montana.
But there are types of people in particular who will lose out if they can’t register and vote on the same day—people with disabilities who need to make one trip instead of two; rural voters, particularly those on reservations who may live miles from the election office. Then there are the people who thought they were properly registered, but were not, from correcting whatever the issue was and voting–such as people who registered when they renewed their driver’s license and the paperwork wasn’t transferred to the election office by mistake.
Montana Republicans know their policies are too wacky to be viable, so instead of running on the issues they’re seeking to keep good people out of office by suppressing the vote–especially women leaders.
Same thing’s happening on the national level. Just this week, a GOP political analyst said women leaders would be bad for the U.S. Here’s what GOP strategist Donny Deutsch said on Morning Joe to explain his view that the U.S. shouldn’t have women in power until Al Qaeda does:
“Problem: we have a woman, but our enemies are still on the opposite side of the equation. I don’t think the Al Qaedas of the world are going to be headed by women, so it falls apart a little bit. Women plus women equals a win to me. Women and still men on the other side of the table? Theoretically the world would be a better place with women running it. It doesn’t solve the problem.”
“If you have two women down to negotiate something, it’s going to get done without bullets,” Deutsch continued, undeterred by the ridiculousness of his position. “On our side of the equation, we solve it, but there’s a world that’s still a century behind in our evolutionary state or progressive state in how we feel about women.”
The Republican voter suppression ballot measure is LR 405.