I saw someone on Twitter (I didn’t think to mark the Tweet, but I did see someone on Twitter) remarking that some of the white women who voted for GOP candidates probably did so because the polling places allowed men to stand next to their wives and look at how they were voting.
Yep, I heard about polling places pulling this shit, too, and it is most certainly a form of voter suppression. One of the arguments against women’s suffrage was that the husband would cast the vote for the household, the implication being that a married woman had no right to disagree with her husband on politics.
So, okay, there may be some married white women in these “59% of white women voted for Ted Cruz” numbers we keep hearing about, who vote for Repubs because their husbands intimidate them into doing so. Sure, that may account for part of these percentages.
Even so? I’m still more interested in the numbers of people who didn’t bother to vote at all. We had huge voter turnout this year, compared to previous elections, but that’s damning with faint praise. So many registered voters who still didn’t come to the polls. So many citizens who still haven’t registered to vote. There’s no way we can attribute that many non-voters to spousal abuse. This country still has a huge problem with people who could vote, and don’t. The party of voter suppression benefits from people not even making the attempt.