Texas lawmakers try to make military voting easier.

State Rep. Van Taylor knows firsthand how hard it is…

State Rep. Van Taylor knows firsthand how hard it is to vote while on active military duty — he led a 28-person platoon in 2003 as a Marine captain during the war in Iraq.

The freshman legislator from Plano has joined state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to work on a plan to make it easier for Texans in the military to cast ballots, making good on a 2010 campaign promise. The military voting proposal is the first bill he filed.

Texas must comply with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act. The law, known as MOVE, requires states to provide ballots to military personnel at least 45 days before an election, the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday.

To facilitate this, Texas will need to change March primary and runoff dates, Taylor said. He would prefer to move the primary election to April. March elections conflict with spring break, he said.

Source: The Associated Press via Chron.com.

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