Imagine I married John Boehner and we moved to a new home in Texas. Then I wanted to vote. Sounds straightforward, right? Marrying John Boehner shouldn't disqualify me from voting, you may say.
But in fact my new name Mary Noble Boehner might mean I'm denied my constitutional right to vote under Texas's new voter ID law.
That almost happened to Texas judge Sandra Watts. "What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote," the 117th District Court Judge told KiiiTV. She explains why:
Basically, if you show up at a polling place with any discrepancies between your maiden and married name - the name on your ID and the name under which you registered to vote - the polling officials can decide to have you vote with a provisional ballot. And when you vote with a provisional ballot, even if you follow up and do everything that's required, you could end up having your vote discounted.
Moral of the story, Texas ladies: don't change your name. Ever.
H/T Rachel Maddow.