Texas' controversial new voter identification law -- which has already attracted a lawsuit from the Department of Justice -- might just give a step up to gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who Democrats hope will be the first Democrat elected to the Texas governor's mansion since Ann Richards in 1991.
In Texas, the law asks voters to verify their identity with a photo ID (qualifying documents include a driver's license, state-issued voter ID certificate, Texas photo ID, concealed cary handgun license, military ID, citizenship certificate or a passport) to match a pre-approved list of voters.
Many voters-rights groups have recently complained about the new barriers to voting, which critics say can actually prevent poor and young voters from accessing their right to vote. Surprisingly, the group of disenfranchised voters may also include married women who change their names to match their husbands' when they get married. Married women tend to vote more conservative than unmarried women.
Davis herself reportedly had to sign an affidavit testifying to her identity when she arrived in Fort Worth for early voting on Monday. (Davis changed her name from Wendy Russell when she married her ex-husband, Jeff Davis, whom she divorced in 2005.)
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