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November 10, 2014                                                                                   sara.gonzalez@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Garcia Files Voting Legislation for the 84th Legislative Session

 

Austin, TX, November 14, 2014 – Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD-6) filed legislation for the upcoming 84th Legislative Session today, the first day legislators may do so. In response to the poor voter turnout in the recent election, Senator Garcia filed three bills related to voter education and participation.

SB 141would create a voter education program for high school seniors and provide an opportunity for them to register to vote. 

“Texas routinely ranks dead last in voter participation. This bill will help educate students on the importance of elections and exercising their right to vote. My hope is that we can create a healthier democracy by encouraging our youth to become lifetime voters.”

SB 142 would allow potential volunteer deputy registrars to receive online training.

“This bill will encourage Texans to get engaged in elections and volunteer as registrars by providing a convenient, secure training option. We’re all busy people, and online training would save volunteers valuable time. ”

Lastly, SB 143 would help those voters whose voter registration has been rejected by specifically notifying them of the errors on their registration forms. 

“Voters sometimes make mistakes when registering, but when they get their rejection letter, they currently do not know what exactly they did wrong. By simply specifying what the problems were, we can ensure those voters can exercise their right to vote.”

Senator Garcia will continue to file legislation before the next session begins on January 13, 2015.   

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Senator Garcia proudly represents Texas Senate District 6. Senator Garcia previously held office as Houston City Controller from 1998-2002 and County Commissioner from 2002-2010.