Austin, TX — Houston Chronicle reported that “Texas has agreed to weaken its voter ID law for November’s election by allowing those lacking photo identification to sign an affidavit, according to a deal submitted to a federal judge Wednesday…Texas will also spend up to $2.5 million to ‘develop a detailed voter education plan’ for the upcoming election.” [Houston Chronicle, August 3, 2016]
“It comes after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ strict Voter ID law passed in 2011 discriminates against minorities and the poor. Opponents say that more than 600,000 voters lacked a suitable ID under the law.” [Dallas Morning News, August 3, 2016]
“‘The provisions we’ve agreed to now are critical safeguards for voters,’ said Houston attorney Chad Dunn, who is one of the lead attorneys in the lawsuit against Texas. ‘It’s a critical leap forward.’” [NBC DFW, August 3, 2016]
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“This is a big step forward for Texas voters and our democracy. For years, Tea Party Republicans like Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton blocked the right to vote for more than 600,000 Texans.
“We thank countless voting rights advocates, like Congressman Marc Veasey, voting rights attorney Chad Dunn and others, who fought against Republicans’ discriminatory Texas Voter ID law. Texas Democrats know that our state, our nation, and our democracy are stronger when everyone participates in the process.”