The state reached a settlement with plaintiffs seeking to bring it in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the relevant portion of which is commonly referred to as “Motor Voter,” ending nearly seven years of litigation.

Under the agreement, the state “will continue to utilize and make permanent the changes to the online driver license renewal and change-of-address process to ensure that simultaneous voter registration is available to applicants.” These changes were implemented last year following previous rulings, all three of which sided with the plaintiffs.

According to the Texas Civil Rights Project, more than a million Texans have registered to vote or updated their voter registration using this process since it was put in place 10 months ago. The group was a plaintiff in the case.

“The freedom to vote hinges on access to participation, and the ability to register to vote online is essential to Texans’ right to this access,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas. “This five-year-long protracted lawsuit was only necessary because the state of Texas has continuously refused to implement this right.”

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