Texas could join other states requiring proof of citizenship for those registering to vote.
Representative Mike Lang (R-Granbury) has filed a bill meant to ensure Texas elections are conducted fairly, ensuring voter rolls do not include non-citizens.
House Bill 378 requires that citizenship is established for individuals registering to vote, including language requiring the Secretary of State to confer with the Department of Public Safety to check the citizen status of registrants.
Criticism of the bill from some on the left is generic, claiming the bill will make it more difficult to register to vote. Proving citizenship is difficult if you’re not a citizen.
Negative reactions and talking points against such a bill are to be expected and can be used to identify disingenuous actors both in Texas and American political discourse.
Headlines since 2016 have been dominated by handwringing over Russian interference in the presidential election, though no one contends a single illegal vote was cast by a Russian.
What’s truly undermining and destabilizing America is forked tongued groups and individuals who will one minute decry Russian interference and then turn around and protect non-citizens registered and voting in Texas elections.
Currently, federal voting law does not bar states from requiring proof of citizenship when registering voters.
The state of Arizona has had a law on the books dating back to 2004 requiring voters to provide proof-of-citizenship when registering to vote. Kansas passed a similar law in 2011 as have Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Such laws are needed because signing a form affirming citizenship isn’t as foolproof a barrier as some suggest.
In November, a court upheld the conviction of a woman who first marked she was a non-citizen only to fill out a subsequent form claiming to be a citizen after she was informed she would not be allowed to vote.
You can read the full text of Rep. Lang’s bill here. Note, underlined text is new language added to election code.
This session Direct Action Texas will be tracking, supporting, and opposing bills as lawmakers work to make needed or (more often than not) unnecessary changes to our election code.