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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.

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(Travis County) February 18, 2011, 2:27 pm report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House Defense and Veteran's Affairs (2/17/11)
( County) January 20, 2011, 7:18 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Let's see what all was discovered in the Howard race before we get too excited about mail in ballots for anybody. I'm supporting this bill because I think it is imperative that we ensure voting is as easy and accessible to military voters serving in hostile situations overseas. The process of mailing ballots to soldiers and marines overseas takes so long that I support efforts to speed up that process. I will like to observe how well this works and see if there are any problems or unintended consequences before offer it to the entire population. This is a perfect opportunity to examine these ideas in action with a smaller population and to work out the kinks
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 4:06 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Making it easy to vote is a goal I support. Why limit this to Military and Overseas Voters? Why not anybody? Better yet, why not allow mail ballots for anybody? Especially if people are able to print out their materials as this bill allows, the cost to the state and local election adminstrators would be minimal.
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