It’s a question often posed to Bexar County election officials: Can Texans register to vote online? The answer remains “not yet,” but that would change Sept. 1 under a measure approved by the Texas Senate this week. Sent to the House, the bill authored by Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, aims to modernize the state’s voter registration process the same way Texas has made it easier to complete other official transactions via the Internet.
Backed by political parties, election administrators and public interest groups, Uresti’s measure would enable online voter registration for those with valid driver licenses or identification cards issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Residents without those documents could start the registration process by going online to fill out a mail-in application that “minimizes typographical and transcription errors,” Uresti said. The form couldn’t be submitted without all required fields filled in; typed responses would be easier to digitize correctly than handwritten answers, supporters said. Local election officials had urged senators to approve the proposal, which passed 22-9 on Tuesday