Husband’s surname added on Italian women’s electoral cards

A law regulating a voting card’s renewal establishes that married women can choose to have their surname followed by that of their husband’s on the document -- but now it does not seem to be optional.

Gea Alessi
Gea Alessi NewsMavens, Europe
Husband’s surname added on Italian women’s electoral cards - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

As, for the first time since the law has been in place, voters were not consulted, and the surname was automatically added next to their first name. What looked like an isolated incident was soon reported throughout the whole peninsula and even by Italian women living abroad.

Iole Murruni was one of the first to post a complaint about the episode on Facebook.  

“It is not a good feeling. A woman, even if married, does not identify herself with her husband. Society has evolved, but are we now going backwards?” she wrote.

Details from the story:

  • The law regulating voting cards’ renewal was redacted in 1999 and until this year never been interpreted as an obligation for women to display the husband’ surname
  • According to the Italian embassy the decision to insert the additional surname has been taken by the Interior Ministry.
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