Do You Really Want Your Right to Vote Determined by the DMV? Part 2

12/14/2012

Welcome to VoteRiders’ second installment of Do You Really Want Your Right to Vote Determined by the DMV?

This week we introduce you to Laura. She reached out to VoteRiders for help to obtain identification she needed to vote. Laura recently moved to Indiana from California. She is divorced and kept her married name as her legal name. She has a birth certificate, social security card, a United States Department of Veterans Affairs ID, a divorce decree and a California photo ID. When Laura sought her Indiana state ID, she was refused because the last name on her birth certificate doesn’t match the last name on her other documents. The state is requiring Laura to produce a marriage certificate to follow the thread from her maiden name to the name she legally and currently uses. 

In Laura’s words: “I had assumed any intelligent individual (or agency) would make the connection that if I had divorce papers, I was obviously married and hence the name change.”

Yes, you would think!