A federal judge has ordered Texas officials to comply with the National Voter Registration Act and motor voter laws.
The order could affect an estimated 1.5 million Texans.
The Texas Civil Rights Project sued the state two years ago, claiming the Department of Public Safety treats people who update their driver’s license information online differently than people who update it in person.
Texas will register you to vote or change your voter information if you go to a DPS office in person, the group’s president, Mimi Marziani, said at the time, but it claims “something about going online is different.”
While online voter registration is illegal in Texas, federal laws – including the 14th Amendment – require that all voters be treated the same.