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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Reynolds Files HB 212 To Create Secure Online Voter Registration for the Citizens of Texas

"Each qualified citizen has the constitutional right to vote. However, in order to vote, every American must register first. Thus, making voter registration proficient, secure, and easily accessible should be a priority of every state. These three objectives can be met by providing an online tool that allows eligible citizens to register electronically. Electronic voter registration cuts administrative costs, minimizes data entry errors, and increases the accuracy of state voter lists. As a result of more accurate lists, the lines at the polls during early voting or Election Day are less likely to be delayed.

In addition to making the voting process more efficient and secure, electronic voter registration can save Texas appropriation funds. Case studies have shown that online voter registration reduces registration costs in other states in amounts ranging from $250,000 to $1.8 million. These costs savings have been embraced by almost 38 states in the country. Most of which first enacted this electronic process over 14 years ago. Electronic voter registration will thrust Texas in a more innovative direction in an online era.

As I stand with my Democratic colleagues during the Special Session, we will continue to fight for policies that emphasize democracy, not discrimination. It is shameful that Texas ranked 49th nationally in voter turnout in the 2016 election. We can do better and we must do better. "Real Solutions for All Texans", as we advocate for policies to encourage and expand voting registration and provide greater access to the polls.

For these reasons, I am eager to announce that I have filed House Bill 212. This bill will require the implementation of a program that allows a person with an unexpired driver's license or personal identification card issued in this state to complete a voter registration application online from a secure Internet website. I look forward to urging the passage of this bill and any others that promote effective voter registration."

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Representative Reynolds currently serves as a member of the House Committees on Elections and Environmental Regulations.

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