Texas is holding a statewide election on November 5 for various ballot measures, and early voting is in process. According to this story, Sandra Watts, an elected local judge, was forced to cast a provisional ballot when she tried to vote. The name on her voter registration record is her first name, the middle name she was given at birth, and her surname, which is also her husband’s surname. But her Texas drivers license shows her maiden name as her middle name. When she married in 1964, Texas law required women to list their maiden name as their middle name.
She has had the same name on her voter registration record for almost half a century, and she has not moved in over twenty years, but because the name on her drivers license is not a perfect match with her name on the voter registration records, the Texas photo-ID law prevented her from casting a normal ballot. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.