Secure Democracy Urges Lawmakers to Continue to Take Bipartisan Action to Modernize Texas Elections
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin July 8. Following the defeat of Senate Bill 7 during the regular session, election reform could be among the issues designated by the governor for the Legislature to address during the upcoming 30-day special session.
“We know a bipartisan majority of Texas voters believe Texas’ elections already work well, a sentiment reflected in our most recent national polling, as well. That’s why we hope state leaders will use a special session to embrace positive reforms that the voters support,” said Sarah Walker, executive director of Secure Democracy.
“When lawmakers return to Austin next month, they have an opportunity to reset the debate and pursue reforms in a bipartisan manner. We hope state leaders will put politics aside and work together to strengthen every Texan’s freedom to vote, especially older voters, veterans and military voters, and voters with disabilities,” said Walker.
Common sense modernization measures that Secure Democracy urges lawmakers to advance during the special session on election reform include: ● Ballot cure. Ballot cure is a process that exists in many other conservative states, including Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky, and would notify voters about an honest, correctable issue with their mail ballot prior to rejecting them. ● Online Voter Registration. Texas should implement a statewide online voter registration system to serve new and existing voters, like those already available in 40 states. Local Texas election administrators support the creation of an online voter registration system. Secure Democracy will monitor additional election provisions during the special session, including bills that failed to attain passage during the regular session.
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