AUSTIN, Texas -- In an effort to increase voter participation in Texas, a state lawmaker is proposing automatic voter registration.
“We need to do something about our voter turnout, and one of the things I think we can do is to change our voter registration system from an opt in system, to an opt out system,” said Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas.
Johnson said under the bill, when you turn 18 or apply for a driver’s license, you would automatically be registered to vote unless you opt out.
“I think it will increase our participation a lot,” he said.
Opponents argue state voter rolls would be flooded with people who aren’t eligible to vote and others who don’t want to be registered.
Click the video link above to watch the full interview with Rep. Johnson, including his reaction to a controversial Confederate plaque being removed from the Capitol and the push to pump more money into public education.