Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law bills that conform the state’s Voter ID law to recent judicial rulings and end the option to cast a single-punch, straight-party ballot after the 2018 general election.

Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) codifies a process for voters who have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo identification to cast ballots. The bill makes an intentionally false statement on a declaration of reasonable impediment a state jail felony, splitting the difference between the Senate version, which made it a third degree felony, and the House version, which made it a Class A misdemeanor. It takes effect January 1.

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