New voter ID laws could disenfranchise women experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity

By YWCA Australia

YWCA Australia is very concerned the Coalition’s proposed voter ID reforms will create barriers to voting for women experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. 

Anna Paris, General Manager Service Delivery at YWCA Australia said: 

“Major changes should not be introduced without proper assessment of the impacts they’re likely to have on marginalised populations, including older women and those experiencing homelessness. 

“Women experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, many of whom are impacted by family and domestic violence, are less likely to have identification. The very same women who are unable to vote then potentially face a fine for not voting! 

“We should be discussing how we can ensure these women are able to exercise their democratic right to vote not creating more barriers, and risk of financial penalties.” 

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