Thousands of Texans Who Think They're Registered to Vote...May Not Be

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

Are you registered to vote in next month's mid term election?  Maybe not, a spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State tells News Radio 1200 WOAI.

The problem, according to Sam Taylor who is with the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's office, is a web site called 'Vote.org,' which claims to allow people to register to vote on line with only an electronic signature.

Texas doesn't allow electronic signatures in voter registration.

"Any voters who used the Vote.org on line tool before Tuesday at 3PM will get a notice in the mail," Taylor told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.

Voter registration in Texas is way up, due largely to the high profile race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat challenger Beto O'Rourke.  Voter registrations have surged more than 400,000 just since the March primary.

Taylor says thousands of people who think they are registered will have to try again.

"They have to complete and sign their voter registration form and submit it back to their county of registration," he said, adding that although many states allow on line registration, Texas does not.

Texas' refusal to allow on line registration is also at the heart of the so-called 'Motor Voter Law.'  That law, passed in the Clinton Administration, calls for voters to be automatically registered when they obtain or renew their driver's license.  

Since more and more Texans renew their driver's license on line, under current Texas law, they cannot be automatically registered to vote due to the signature requirement.

And if you're one of those who is improperly registered, you'd better get with it.  The deadline to register to vote in Texas is next Tuesday.

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