Bexar County will participate in a pilot program allowing service personnel stationed overseas to vote by e-mail, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  Texas Secretary of State John Steen, a San Antonio businessman, says this will be the first test of e-mail voting anywhere in the state.

  "Texas is committed to helping our service men and women exercise their right to vote regardless of whether they are stationed at home or abroad," Steen said.  

  The Legislature earlier this year approved a bill allowing pilot programs to test whether e-mail voting is efficient and secure.

  Concerns have been raised about the possibility of hackers altering or destroying e-mailed ballots.

  State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) sponsored the bill.

  "With Texas' large military population, especially in Bexar County, our state must always be looking for ways to help our service members exercise their right to vote," she said.

  Steen says to participate in the pilot program, military personnel must be registered to vote in Bexar County, and must be eligible for hostile fire pay.

  The Legislature says Bexar County's pilot program will be used to test the challenges of managing e-mail voting.