Senator Ellis passed a constitutional amendment to abolish the Office of State Treasurer. Texas voters overwhelmingly endorsed the measure, and the Office of the Treasurer closed its doors on September 1, 1996, transferring duties to other state agencies and saving Texas taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
Reforming Texas Elections
Senator Ellis passed legislation improving voter lists by requiring the Department of Public Safety to have digital voter registration information. To ensure Texas does not experience the electoral problems seen in Florida, Ellis also passed legislation to ensure federal election funds are used to replace antiquated punch card systems.
Easier Voter Registration
Legislation by Senator Ellis implemented the “Motor Voter” program in Texas, allowing citizens to register to vote when they renew their drivers licenses. Senator Ellis also expanded the programs to other state agencies. To date, more than 10 million Texans have registered to vote through the program.