In an Oct. 7 article for Bloomberg, Jonathan Alter mentions that Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry “recently signed a bill saying you can vote with a concealed-handgun permit but not with identification from the University of Texas”.
Indeed, the website of the Texas Legislature confirms that, as per Senate Bill 14 of 2011, the following serves as valid voter identification:
a license to carry a concealed handgun issued to the person by the Department of Public Safety that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation
In the text of the bill, a line has been drawn through invalid voter identification such as:
birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity
Other crossed-out text includes
form of identification containing the person’s photograph that establishes the person’s identity
which has curiously been replaced with
United States military identification card that contains the person’s photograph that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation
As for what such maneuvers mean for US democracy, Alter notes:
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University just released a disturbing report showing that changes in state laws could make it much harder for more than 5 million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. Some states are putting barriers in the way of early voting and student voting, both of which are used heavily by the liberal base.