Tens of thousands of voters whose registrations were canceled will be restored to the voter rolls before the November election after the Georgia secretary of state agreed Friday to suspend a longtime practice of canceling registrations that the state NAACP had filed suit to stop.

In a letter to U.S. Senior Judge William O’Kelley, Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to suspend his practice of canceling registrations unless they were an identical match—in a character for character comparison—to information in the state drivers’ license and Social Security databases—and would-be voters had not corrected mismatches within 40 days. Kemp agreed not to reinstate the practice without specific instructions from the judge.