A federal judge has given the state seven until Thursday to create a path for voters to register automatically when they go online to obtain or renew their driver’s licenses.

The Texas Dept. of Public Safety’s website currently redirects voters to the Secretary of State’s website, where a voter can download an application, fill it out and mail it to the proper voter registrar. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled, without a trial, that this process “is not enough” to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, which “demands much more from voter registration agencies.”

A spokesperson for Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton said his office was reviewing the ruling and weighing the state’s options.

In April, Garcia issued a one-page order granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.

Early Voting begins Monday for the May 22 primary runoff elections. State candidates (and some local candidates) in those elections must file 8-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday.

GOV: Lupe Valdez and Andrew White participated in a testy debate in an East Austin church, likely their only such debate before the runoff. They clashed over abortion, immigration, LGBTQ issues and newspaper endorsements. Meanwhile, prior to the debate, the Beaumont Enterprise endorsed White. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also endorsed White.

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