Texas Now Allows Limited Online Voter Registration

For the first time in state history, Texans can register to vote online when updating their driver’s licenses.

On Sept. 23, 2020, the state of Texas updated its online driver’s license system to allow eligible Texans to register to vote or update their registration when they update their driver’s license information online. This change is the result of two long-running lawsuits brought by Jarrod Stringer and other Texas residents and organizations. The case alleges that because residents cannot register to vote while updating their driver’s license information online, the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Caitlyn Silhan, co-counsel for the plaintiffs and partner at Water & Kraus, confirmed that as a result, Mr. Stringer and other Texans have already been able to register when updating their driver’s license with DPS online. “Texas has come into compliance with the court’s order granting our motion for a preliminary injunction, and consistent with the NVRA, is allowing online driver’s licenses transactions to serve as simultaneous voter registration applications. This is a huge win for Texans, both in terms of increased voter registration and cost savings.”

Plaintiffs are represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project, together with Waters & Kraus partners Peter Kraus, Charles Siegel, and Caitlyn Silhan.

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