And the best—but not because of the new proposed laws.
- Texans will now be allowed to register to vote and update their voter registration when they apply for a driver’s license.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 allows Americans to register to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. But because online voter registration in Texas is illegal, the state refused to comply. Last year, a federal judge ordered Texas to comply, so the state began allowing people to register to vote when they obtained or updated their driver’s license. Just this week, the law has been made permanent in Texas.
Since September 2020, about a million voters have registered or updated their voter registration at the driver’s license office, an average of 100,000 Texans a month. Now that the mechanism for online registration is in place, no reason exists for the state to not institute voter registration via state and county websites. Getting Republicans to change this practice, however, will take another fight.