House Representative

Zedler, Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/31/2011

ZEDLER VOTER FRAUD BILL CLEARS ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

"We need to take voter fraud seriously. Having these reports go to the Attorney General's office could expose the true nature and level of voter fraud in the state," said Zedler.

AUSTIN – House Bill 1696 by Rep. Bill Zedler (Arlington) was approved by the House Committee on Elections yesterday. Rep. Zedler's legislation calls for election registrars who discover alleged voter fraud in a single county to report their finding to the Texas Attorney General. This is currently required when an election jurisdiction overlaps multiple counties.

Following the committee's vote, Rep. Larry Taylor (Friendswood), chairman of the House Elections Committee, said, "This is an important loophole to close. Having seen alleged voter fraud in my first race for office, I think this is a common-sense approach to address the issue. It will continue to be difficult to comprehensively address voter fraud without consistent data gathering and enforcement."

"We need to take voter fraud seriously. Having these reports go to the Attorney General's office could expose the true nature and level of voter fraud in the state," said Zedler.

H.B. 1696 was referred to the House Committee on Calendars, where it will be reviewed before receiving final consideration by the full Texas House.


Representative Bill Zedler represents District 96, located in southeast Tarrant County. He serves on the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform, and the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.