I just got a call from my mother. Apparently Hawaii has instituted some Texas-style law about women whose birth certificate name doesn't match their driver's license name suddenly can't vote or renew said driver's license without absurd amounts of very specific paperwork. So she got denied, because the marriage certificate she has is from the church they got married in and doesn't have the seal of the state of NY on it. So now I have to find out if I can track down some way to get this fucking super-duper-official certificate from 1946 to her before November 11th, when her old license expires and she'd have to take all the tests again. She's been a licensed driver for SIXTY YEARS, now her papers aren't good enough? I'd have expected this from some republican-controlled backwater, but Hawaii? WTF??


So, anyone have any ideas about who I should start calling first?