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Is it possible that tweaking a 21-year-old law could add millions of voters to the rolls?

Five states, including California, now automatically register voters when they sign up for a driver’s license. But many others, like Texas, make the process rather difficult.

The New York Times

Four out of every ten U.S adults don’t vote. Turnout in the U.S. is lower than in Canada, Mexico and most of Europe.

Non-voters in the U.S. are often assumed to be young people, or Hispanics, or the poor. But the truth, according to The New York Times, is the majority of people who didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election were white, middle-income and middle-aged.

Oklahoma Watch

In 2014’s general election, a little more than 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots. That amounts to about 29 percent of Oklahoma’s voting-age population, reports Oklahoma Watch. That means that, when it comes to voter turnout, Oklahoma ranks near the bottom among states.

And 2014 was bad, even by Oklahoma standards; it was one of the worst years for turnout since the state began keeping track in 1960.

dallasnews.com

Of all the states that have held Democratic and Republican primaries so far, Texas had the second lowest participation rate, reports Amarillo.com. Only Louisiana had a lower turnout rate.

Texas pulled in the most voters in state history, more than 4.2 million of them. But that number accounts for less than 22 percent of residents 18 and older. One reason for the low participation may be the 2011 Texas voter ID law.

John Hanna / AP

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is following through with his promise to enforce the proof-of-citizenship requirement on the state’s voter registrations, reports The Topeka Capital-Journal. In less than two weeks, Kansas has seen its number of incomplete voter registrations decline by nearly 6,700—a decline of nearly eighteen percent. A 2013 law required new voters to provide proof of their U.S.

Scala, Johnson, and Rogers 2015

A new study has found that rural voters don’t vote as universally Republican as it may seem, reports the Daily Yonder. Under the surface, things are a bit more complicated. But you have to know where to look for blue voters. And even in the areas where Democrats vote more heavily, they still lose.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

When it comes to gerrymandering, or the redrawing of political lines to favor a political party, Texas has come under fire over the past couple of decades. Republican lawmakers in Austin have consistently redrawn the map to ensure that Republicans would fare better in elections.

Colorado tests mail-in ballots

Nov 4, 2014

Colorado's election will test a new voting system.

Politics: Do Texans Care?

Oct 21, 2013

A recent study by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin revealed that in 2010, Texas voters don’t vote.  As a matter of fact, according to the Amarillo Globe-News, voter turnout in the state of Texas is the worst in the nation.