Texas Voter ID law causing trouble for women

Texas Voter ID law causing trouble for women

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In the second week of early voting, the new Texas Voter ID law appears to be causing some problems for women around the state.

The new law requires that a voter's name on their ID match the name on their voter registration card. Many Texas voters participating in early voting in advance of the November 5 election have complained about this requirement.

State officials say that if a voter's name on their registration card and identification card are "substantially similar," the voter can immediately sign an affidavit verifying his or her identity, then cast their vote.

The Voter ID law was championed by conservative activists, and was approved in 2011. It did not take effect until recently because of legal challenges. The law requires voters to provide picture identification before they are allowed to vote.

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