Clerk: Will save taxpayers money, voter confusion.
Saying it will save taxpayer money and cut down on voter confusion, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart wants Texas lawmakers to revise the bilingual ballot system to where voters would have to request a mail-in ballot in a language other than English.
Stanart says right now, his office is forced to send three ballots at a time.
"That causes us to actually print our ballot on up to three tabloid pieces of paper," Stanart tells KTRH News. "When we do that it costs us more to print it, it costs us more to mail it, and it costs voters more to mail it back.
"The bill would modify the application where they request a ballot by mail," he says. "It would add check boxes for the different languages, so it's a real simple change."
Stanart says if voters forget and receive an English ballot, his office could simply swap it with either one in Spanish, Vietnamese or Mandarin.