A committee of House lawmakers heard the reasons why the state of Texas would be better served with an online voter registration system, but some groups remain skeptical about the possibility of voter fraud. As of April, 19 states offer online voter registration. Last legislative session Texas came very close to passing their own version but it was not added the calendar for a final vote. In this period between sessions, lawmakers are re-considering the same thing. David Becker is with the Pew Research Group and testified how this is working in other states. He said online voter registration reduces incidents of voter fraud because there is not a third party involved. “Another big advantage of online registration is its accuracy, because voters are directly putting their information in you get a lot less data entry errors. All of that is going to be correct and often checked against the motor vehicles data base,” Becker said.
Those wanting to register online in Texas would still be required to possess a state issued ID or voter ID. That fact has Republicans seated on the House Elections Committee confused by Democrats who support this requirement for online registration but are not not in favor of voter ID.
“As to why some of my colleagues have such an issue with people having that same information in order vote, that’s the thing we’re going to have to end up reconciling”, said Carrollton Republican Rep. Ron Simmons