VRM in the States: Texas
Texas currently has the Electronic Registration at DMVs component of Voter Registration Modernization in place. Texas also has electronic pollbooks in at least one county.
Advances in Voter Registration Modernization
- Electronic Voter Registration: Texas launched electronic voter registration at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) – which serves as the state’s driver’s licensing agency – in 2010. DPS clerks enter the voter’s vocal responses electronically and scan a paper form that contains the registrant’s signature. Voter registration information is transferred daily to election officials.
- Electronic Pollbooks: One hundred sixty-two out of 254 Texas counties used electronic pollbooks to sign in voters in 2014.
Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Texas
- During an August 2013 interview with Brennan Center staff, Texas election officials reported than that electronic voter registration has lowered costs by saving staff time on data entry.