Former President Bill Clinton has signed on to promote a new Democratic voter project, claiming that the GOP is trying with voter identification laws to block divorced women, college students, blacks, the disabled and younger Americans from voting.
“There is no greater assault on our core values than the rampant efforts to restrict the right to vote,” Clinton said in a YouTube video distributed as part of the Democratic Party's new Voter Expansion Project unveiled Thursday.
Clinton, who signed the so-called Motor Voter law as president that lets Americans register to vote when they get their driver’s license, charged that Republican efforts to check the identity of voters at the polls is really an underhanded effort to keep people from voting.
“They want to have fewer people vote,” he said.
Without providing any details, he singled out divorced women as one GOP target, suggesting that because they sometimes change their name, they are being discriminated against. “There are laws that prevent women who’ve changed their names after a divorce from having their votes counted on time,” said Clinton.
While he cited no specific laws, there are some that require that the names of voters match their identification. Foes of the laws charge that they are a barrier to divorced women, though it’s unclear why those taking time to change their name don’t change their legal identification at the same time.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.