VRM in the States: Texas

February 1, 2017

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.