Phil King

Texas moves to soften voter ID law after judge finds bias

A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday with the state House approving legislation that waters down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities.

Republicans are pushing changes with urgency: the Texas Legislature has less than a week left to pass bills before adjourning until 2019, and federal courts that have confronted the state over voting rights in recent years are watching.

The new version passed by the GOP-controlled Texas House doesn't expand the list of acceptable photo identifications — meaning gun licenses remain sufficient...