State senator proposes revising Texas’ tough voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A top Texas state senator has proposed legislation revising a strict law requiring photo ID at the polls.

Filed Tuesday, District 17 Republican Sen. Joan Huffman’s bill seeks to comply with a federal court’s ruling last year that found Texas’ law discriminatory.

The proposal keeps the current law the same. But it would make permanent an option ordered by a federal appeals court allowing people without an accepted ID to vote by signing an affidavit declaring that they have a reasonable impediment stopping them from doing so.

A recent Associated Press analysis found that hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly by using affidavits to cast ballots despite attesting to actually having an acceptable ID.

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Huffman’s bill also creates a third-degree felony offense for making a false statement on the affidavit.