ISSUE

The Elections Committee of the Texas House is overseeing the fate of filed bills pertaining to voter registration processes and penalties. Some Democratic bills would increase online voter registration and vote-by-mail opportunities. Some Republican bills would increase penalties on voter registration irregularities to felony status and would subject county voter registrars to civil and criminal penalties.

Texas voters can get their first look at state House members’ proposed elections reform legislation at 8 AM on Thursday, March 4 in a public hearing by streaming video at https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/. The hearing is not specific to any bills.

The only witnesses invited to speak will be representatives of the Secretary of State’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Public Safety – all agencies that would play a role in the Republican legislation.

ACTION

Speak up! Remember the 2020 elections? Do you want that experience to change? Do you think more people should be able to vote by mail, and register and track their mail-in ballots online? Do you think Texas should have drive-through polls? Then Let your voice be heard! Legislators are our hired help. Tell them what you want them to do.

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so here: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c240. Your comments must be submitted between now and before the hearing adjourns.

If you can attend in person, instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here: https://house.texas.gov/committees/public-access-house-committee-meetings/