AUSTIN - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 136, the American Voter Verification Act, to ensure only legal citizens are able to vote.
"The freedom to vote and make your voice heard at the ballot box is a fundamental right, core to our society and representative democracy," stated Taylor. "In that same vein, it is a basic understanding that only American citizens participate in our elections. The American Voter Verification Act provides a commonsense solution to ensure that our voter rolls in Texas comprise only American citizens."
Currently, the State of Texas has two separate databases that store voter information and citizenship respectively. The American Voter Verification Act simply requires that the Secretary of State database, which houses voter information, communicate with the Department of Public Safety database, which stores citizenship information, for the purposes of verifying citizenship on our state voter rolls. Texas can ensure citizen verification and that only legal citizens are able to vote that by simply linking the two state databases. This safeguard can be achieved at no cost to the taxpayer, nor additional compliance by voters.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.