I guess we shouldn't be surprised. With Wendy Davis's recent announcement of her gubernatorial plans, Texas is making it harder for its citizens to vote with a policy that disproportionately affects low-income women.
As of November 5, Texans must show a photo ID with their up-to-date legal name. It sounds like such a small thing, but according to the Brennan Center for Justice, only 66 percent of voting age women have ready access to a photo document that will attest to proof of citizenship. This is largely because young women have not updated their documents with their married names, a circumstance that doesn't affect male voters in any significant way. Suddenly 34 percent of women voters are scrambling for an acceptable ID, while 99 percent of men are home free.
Not only that—in order to get their photo IDs, Texas requires them to bring original documents of name change (marriage certificate, divorce certificate, or court-ordered name change)—no photocopies allowed. Getting approved copies of such documents is often expensive or difficult to obtain.
I'm with HuffPo on this—the timing of this isn't an accident. With the Supreme Court knocking out Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act this summer, I feel like we can expect to see more of this soon.
[Huffington Post- "What 19th Amendment?"]