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JANUARY 31, 2019
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REP. GUILLEN FILES BILL TO STREAMLINE VOTING
AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill last Thursday to ease access to voting for eligible voters. HB 1048 would mandate that cities and municipalities choose the same polling locations as their counties, so that voters can vote for multiple election levels in one location.
"Too many times, folks wanting to vote in a municipal election and a state-wide or county election have to wait in long lines twice, because these elections have different polling locations," said Guillen. "This takes away too much time away from Texans who are just trying to exercise their right to vote."
Currently, municipalities, cities, or school districts may set their own polling locations different from those set by the county for state-wide elections. This often results in voters having to wait in two or three different lines in different locations to vote in different levels of elections. Adding to the already long lines to vote, the current system can deter voters from voting entirely.
Guillen's HB 1048 would require the polling locations for municipal elections to be the same as those of county elections, so that voters do not need to travel to multiple locations.
"I believe we need to make voting more streamlined and more representative of the eligible voters," added Guillen. "Ensuring that voters don't need to travel too far or wait too long is a right step and long overdue."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen