Amy Fried explains that the Republican gut-out-the-vote effort is working as intended. Here’s a bit:
Take 74-year-old Johnny Randle, an African-American from Mississippi who, after he fell ill, moved to Wisconsin to live with his daughter. He has been trying to get the ID Wisconsin requires since 2011. After being denied a waiver from the birth certificate requirement and then tracking one down to provide to the state, Randle was blocked again because the middle name on his birth certificate is “Marton” but he has used “Martin” through his lifetime. His only resort is to petition Social Security to change his name or to go through a costly court proceeding to have a legal name change.
Stuff like this happens in all innocence.
All his life, my Granddaddy, who was born in the 1880s, was known as “Bailey A.” He went through life thinking that his middle names was “Ames”; indeed, we were related to an Ames family. Only when he died did we find that the middle name on his birth certificate was “Alford.”