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BPC Applauds Enactment of Texas Bill to Improve Voter List Accuracy

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Washington, D.C.– The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) applauds the enactment of new legislation in Texas which provides for the state to participate in multi-state voter registration data-sharing programs. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill, SB 795, into law Monday.

“Voter registration data sharing can be key in improving the accuracy of a state’s voter rolls,” said John Fortier, director of BPC’s Democracy Project. “The ability to update and check voter registration lists against other states allows for the identification of duplicate registrations in multiple states.”

Participation in multi-state voter registration data sharing was a key recommendation of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA), whose work BPC is continuing, and BPC’s Commission on Political Reform.

During the course of 2015, BPC worked closely with Texas officials in reviewing PCEA’s data-sharing recommendations, with an emphasis on identifying duplicate registrations in multiple states and the positive impact that state data-sharing programs have on the overall accuracy of voter registration rolls. During the legislative session, BPC provided information highlighting the bipartisan support for multi-state voter registration data-sharing programs at key moments with state legislators and local election officials.

The PCEA was established by Executive Order on March 28, 2013. Its mission is to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience. Commission co-chairs Robert F. Bauer and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, formerly the general counsels for competing presidential campaigns, bring bipartisan leadership to the commission. The commission is comprised of distinguished election administrators and representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses who bring experience drawn from the private and public sectors to help identify best practices in election administration.

In January 2014, the PCEA presented its findings in a report to President Obama and Vice President Biden. In August of that year, BPC announced that it will continue the commission’s valuable work. Together with commission co-chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, BPC is actively working in states across the country to advance the PCEA’s recommendations.

KEYWORDS: COMMISSION ON POLITICAL REFORM, GREG ABBOT, JOHN FORTIER, PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON ELECTION ADMINISTRATION, TEXAS, VOTER REGISTRATION