Voter Registration Drive

Problems:

  • Texas is the only state that requires registrars to be deputized by the county they live in
  • If a volunteer collects a completed voter registration form for a county they are not certified in, even unintentionally, it is punishable as a criminal offense

Solutions:

  • Amend the Texas constitution to allow anyone to be a volunteer deputy registrar as long as they’ve completed their prison sentence
  • Amend the Texas constitution to allow any Texas resident to assist with voter registration regardless of county residence
  • Amend the Texas constitution to allow anyone assist with voter registration regardless of Texas residence
  • Require landlords to give voter-registration info to new renters

Texas Constitution
Code – Election Code
Chapter – 13 Application for Registration; Initial Registration
Section – 13.001 Application for Registration; Initial Registration
Section – 13.008 Performance Based Compensation for Registering Voters Prohibited
Section – 13.042 Delivery of Application to Registrar

Houston Chronicle – Activists decry voter registrar training requirement

Houston Chronicle – Battleground Texas: Voter Registrar certificates expire across Texas

The Nation – Texas’s Voter-Registration Laws Are Straight Out of the Jim Crow Playbook

Brennan Center – State Restrictions on Voter Registration Drives

Brennan Center – Voting Rights in 2011: A Legislative Round-Up

New York Times – Florida’s New Election Law Blunts Voter Drives

My San Antonio – The reason Texas thwarts registration drives

NPR – In Florida, Registering Voters A Whole New Game

The American Prospect – Voter Suppression: How Bad? (Pretty Bad)

Think Progresss – Are Voter Registration Drives Being Put Out of Business?

MSNBC – Wisconsin throws up major voter registration hurdle

KUT – Why Texas is the Most Difficult State in the Country to Register Voters

Common Cause – Too Political? Obstacles to Voter Registration Drives in New York City Report

My San Antonio – Obstacles abound in voter registration drives

Huffington Post – Indiana Officials Target A Black Voter Registration Drive On A Technicality

Texas Tribune – Will New Voter Registrar Rules Decrease Turnout?

Mother Jones – Even the Voting Problems Are Bigger in Texas