Hillary Clinton is making voter ID a major issue in her 2016 presidential election. And she's accusing America of falling "short" of her "ideal."
"I went to Texas to talk about my vision for fair voting rights for every American -- sadly, our current reality falls far short of this fundamental ideal," Clinton writes in an email to supporters.
"The right to vote is under attack -- especially the rights of young people, poor people, and people of color. Here in Texas, you can use your concealed weapon permit to vote, but not your student ID."
She even suggests that something nefarious is at foot -- and that there may be a deliberate attempt to restrict people from voting. "This kind of disparity doesn’t happen by accident, and I’m going to do something about it. Let’s send a message that we won’t stand for this brutal undermining of the right to vote: Sign your name right now to support equal voting rights for every American," writes Clinton.
"Our nation has a long history of brave men and women fighting to expand access to the polls -- we can’t let those fights be undone by elected officials acting out of fear and self-interest.
"Making it harder for Americans to vote is just wrong, and counter to the values we share."
Yet despite her righteous indignation, this is not an issue Clinton has made her main cause since jumping on the national stage nearly 25 years ago.