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Passing House Bill 111 will enable military personnel and other Texas residents serving overseas to request a ballot by secure electronic means. This legislation will bring Texas into compliance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act) passed in 2009. While the MOVE Act requires states to provide the ability to request an electronic ballot for any elections for a federal office, Senator Leticia Van de Putte and I believe it is prudent to extend this benefit to state elections as well.
As a Marine Officer I was deployed to serve in Iraq. I experienced inherent hardships of forward deployment. I know the challenges faced by our men and women serving in the military. This bill will better facilitate voting when duty calls. Our service men and women dedicate their lives to our country and freedoms and we must protect their right to vote.