Many Voters Not Registered at Home Addresses
Texas lawmakers heard testimony today that there are about 4,100 people in the Houston area alone that aren’t registered to vote at their home address.
Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart told the House Elections Committee that many of those people are registered through places like Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS. The problem is that these voters may cast a ballot in the wrong district.
Stanart says the current state law gives voters too much latitude with their registration address and could lead to abuse and fraud.
“A number of people actually saying, ‘I’m going to register at this UPS location,’” Stanart says. “And if a significant number of people did something like this, you could actually turn a state rep’s election.”
Lawmakers are studying potential changes to the law governing the addresses voters can register under. Those changes could be taken up when the next Legislative session begins in January.