Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 17, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis Files Voter Empowerment Package for 2011 Legislative Session

(Austin, TX)—Today, State Senator Rodney Ellis filed a comprehensive bill package aimed at increasing voter participation. Texas was next to last in the country for voter participation for the 2010 midterm election, coming ahead of only New York State, according to an analysis by the United States Election Project. A mere 32.2 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a vote for Texas Governor this November.

"I truly believe that government is most effective when citizens participate in the process because having the power to choose one's representatives in the voting booth is at the heart of a free society. I filed the Voter Empowerment Package to urge the state to implement policies that empower eligible voters to make their voice heard at the polls. It is imperative to our democracy that voters know that this state not only encourages them to vote, but will also protect their right to do so," said Senator Ellis.

Senate Bill 210 designates every statewide election day as a state holiday, including primary election day.

Senate Bill 211 allows eligible residents to register for voting during the early voting period at polling locations as long as the eligible resident provides certain documentation.

Senate Bill 212 creates criminal penalties for certain deceptive or disenfranchising practices regarding an election.

Senate Bill 213 allows eligible residents to register for voting on election day at polling locations as long as the eligible resident provides certain documentation.

Senate Bill 214 allows registered voters to vote by mail during the early voting period.

Senate Bill 215 and Senate Bill 216 prevent eligible voters from being taken off the voter registration rolls due to administrative or clerical error.

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