Last May, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed SB 14  into law. An ALEC  award-winner  himself, Governor Perry had the support of several ALEC  members  and others who pushed the legislation. Together they made Texas a photo ID state.
Then the DOJ issued an official objection  that stopped the law from going into effect, saying that it disproportionately affects Hispanic voters. Not only is Texas defending the law  but Attorney General Greg Abbott has amended  the state’s complaint with a direct challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The AG has also dropped his objection  to taking depositions from state lawmakers.
Though it remains tied up in court, the effects of the law have already been felt statewide, especially surrounding the May 29 primary. KSAT: 
The turnout for early voting was meager, some say because many are confused about what kind, if any, identification is needed to cast a ballot.
Many lawmakers and elected officials called the situation a "crisis" and said they are concerned people are getting the wrong message about voting in the Texas primary.
"I spoke with a senior citizen who said she may not vote because she was confused," State Rep. Sylvester Turner said.
In reality, voters need only have proved residency by showing their registration card, driver’s license, passport, or utility bill.
State and federal laws require the nation's voter rolls be regularly reviewed and cleaned to remove duplicates and eliminate voters who moved away or died. But across Texas, such "removals" rely on outdated computer programs, faulty procedures and voter responses to generic form letters, often resulting in the wrong people being sent cancellation notices, including new homeowners, college students, Texans who work abroad and folks with common names, a Chronicle review of cancellations shows.
Click here  for more information, and be sure to check out The Right to Vote under Attack: The Campaign to Keep Millions of Americans from the Ballot Box , a Right Wing Watch: In Focus  report by PFAW Foundation.