AUSTIN, TX -- Texas has agreed to weaken its voter ID law as federal courts across the U.S. block states from using Republican-imposed election restrictions in November.
The agreement between the state and voting rights advocates Wednesday comes after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas' strict voter ID law passed in 2011 discriminates against minorities and the poor.
Opponents say more than 600,000 voters lacked a suitable ID under the law. Texas is now willing to let those voters sign an affidavit and cast a ballot. The state will also spend at least $2.5 million on voter outreach.
A federal judge must still approve the changes.
Voting restrictions in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota have also been blocked in recent weeks.
Texas to loosen voter ID rules for November elections