Online Voter Registration: The Potential Impact And Implementation In Texas
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Thirty-eight states currently have online systems for voter registration. Despite this growing trend, Texas only offers paper registration. This thesis examines the impact online voter registration system could have in Texas. I demonstrate that such a system could improve the accuracy, affordability, and reliability of voter registration in the state. I articulate how Texas could implement an online voter registration system through state legislation or through a legal decision. I examine why Texas has not implemented online voter registration to date. I evaluate the roadblocks that have prevented the state from implementing an online system. These roadblocks include the role of partisanship in the Texas Legislature, concerns over voter fraud, and concern about the security of an online system. Despite these challenges, online voter registration has gained significant momentum in the legislative and legal arenas, which give it potential to be implemented in Texas in the future.