Measure would allow Texans to complete voter registration applications online
Austin - Registering to vote could soon become something Texans do on their smart phones, tablets, or PCs. Today, Representative Celia Israel (District 50 - Austin) kept her promise to author an electronic voter registration bill as her first piece of legislation, filling HB 76.
House Bill 76 would allow eligible Texans to register to vote online, using an electronic signature. Instead of submitting a paper form to election officials for review and acceptance, voters would fill out an electronic form via the internet. The new electronic process would save time, money, and reduce the risk of human error.
Travis County alone hired 30 temporary employees to process voter registration applications in 2012 at a cost of $160,000 to the State of Texas. Travis County officials estimated that more than $100,000 of those costs would have been saved if online voter registration had been in effect. Larger counties could see even bigger cost and time savings.
Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, said, "This year  it took our staff 12 days to process all the voter registration forms that were received at the voter registration deadline. Electronic voter registration would end this archaic process."
Rep. Israel said HB 76 will both save taxpayer dollars and prevent human error in the processing of applications.
"There is no reason our local governments should spend the time and money to re-type volumes of voter registration cards in 2014," Israel said. "Representatives alike see an opportunity to work together to make our voter registration system more efficient, accurate, and cost effective."