Proposed Election Related Bills in the 2019 Texas Legislature
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Proposed Election Related Bills in the 2019 Texas Legislature Chart Last Updated: 3/1/19Note: Rows highlighted in yellow identify bills introduced by members of the House Elections Committee or Senate State Affairs Committee. Rows highlighted in blue relate to high school voter registration.Note:This chart is a list of election related bills that have been filed with the Texas Legislature for the 2019 Session.Please note that there may have been developments since the last time it has been updated that may not be included, especially once they start moving through committee and onto the floor.

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Bill # (w text):CategoryBill AuthorLast Action:CaptionBill Summary:ActionsBill TrackingCode referenced/changedFiscal NoteBill Analysis
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Scheduled for Committee Hearing
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Left Pending in Committee
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Electoral districtsRep. Ron Reynolds (D) -- Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Environmental RegulationLeft pending in committee 2/19/19Relating to the election of trustees of certain school districtsRequiring ISD trustee of certain districts be elected partly at large and partly from single member districtshttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.11.htm#11.052
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MsclRep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban AffairsLeft Pending in Committee 3/04/19relating to the order of candidate names on an election ballot.Requires candidate's names on a runoff ballot after a tie vote to be in the same order as those on the original ballot https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.2.htm#2.002

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.52.htm#52.094
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Vote By MailRep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban Affairs
Left Pending in Committee 3/04/19relating to the time for providing a ballot to be voted by mail to a voter.Normally mail in ballots must be sent to voters within 7 days, unless that would be 45 days or more before the election, in which case the ballot must be sent by the 30th day before the election. This act would reset this timeframe, by allowing the county to send out mail in ballots by the 30th day before the election if the deadline for them to do so would otherwise be 38 days or more before the election. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.86.htm#86.004
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Election InformationRep. John Bucy (D) - Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Elections
Left Pending in Committee 3/04/19Relating to posting of election information on the secretary of state's and each county's Internet website.
Requires counties to publish election related notices on their website, including a list of polling places, and to submit to SOS a list of each polling place for inclusion on the SOS website; eliminating certain requirements that notices be placed on bulletin boards. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.4.htm
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Polling PlacesRep. Ryan Guillen (D) - Licensing & Administrative Procedures, Resolutions Calendars (Chair), Ways & Means (Vice Chair)
Left Pending in Committee 3/04/19Relating to the use of a county early voting polling place by a political subdivision.
For certain elections run by a political subdivision and are not being held jointly with a county, requiring the subdivion to generally use all early voting centers run by the county before establishing any additional oneshttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.85.htm
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MSCLRep. Trent Ashby (R) - Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Public Education
Left Pending in Committee 3/04/19Relating to the omission of a deceased candidate from the ballot in certain elections.
Grants election officials the authority to remove dead candidates from the ballot in certain circumstances. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.145.htm
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Ballot MeasuresSen. Joan Huffman (R) -- State Affairs — Chair, Criminal Justice — Vice-Chair, Administration, Finance
Left Pending in Committee 3/04/19Relating to the review of ballot proposition language for certain political subdivision elections.Requires ballot measure language in certain jurisdictions to be submitted to a regional presiding judge to ensure the language is "clear and understandable to the average voter." https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.52.htm
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Financial DisclosureTurner, Chris | Davis, SarahLeft Pending in Committee 3/06/19relating to public access to personal financial statements filed by public officials and candidates.Requiring personal financial statements to be available onlinehttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.572.htm#572.032
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Election HolidaysRep. John Bucy (D) - Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Elections
Left Pending in Committee 3/06/19Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays.
Specifies the "first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of an even-numbered year" to be a state holiday. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/docs/GV/htm/GV.662.htm
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Poll WatchingRep. Matt Shaheen (R) -Urban Affairs (Vice Chair), Ways & Means
Left pending in committee 3/11/19relating to ineligibility to serve as a poll watcher.Prohibits those who have been convicted of a felony from serving as a poll watcher. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.33.htm#33.035
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Election NoticesRep. John Bucy (D) - Culrure, Recreation & Tourism, ElectionsLeft pending in committee 3/11/19Relating to the content of a polling place location notice.
Requires that a polling place location notice must include the building name (if any) and street address of the polling place. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.1.htm
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CybersecurityIsrael | Capriglione | CainLeft pending in committee 3/11/19Relating to cybersecurity of voter registration lists and other election-related documents, systems, and technology.
Requires SOS to develop best practices and training on election cybersecurity; requires immediate reporting of cyberbreaches of election data; and mandates that county election officials take trainings on cybersecurity. Adds a new Chapter 279 ("Cybersecurity of Election Systems")
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MsclRep. Jessica Gonzales (D) - Criminal Jurisprudence, Urban Affairs
Left pending in committee 3/11/19Relating to the appointment of early voting boards, including the signature verification committee.
Creates a position for an alternate presiding judge to sit on the early voting ballot board, and a position of vice chair of the comittee for signature verification. Both new positions would be filled by a member of the political party whose gubernatorial candidate came in second in the county in the last election.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.87.htm
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MsclRep. Stephanie Klick (R) - Elections (Chair), Human ServicesLeft pending in committee 3/11/19Relating to requiring counties to publish voter information during the early voting period.Requires counties that maintain a website to post a list of people voting during the early voting period.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.85.htm
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Polling Place Rep. Greg Bonnen (R) - Appropriations, InsuranceLeft pending in committee 3/11/19Relating to temporary branch polling place hours of operation.Requires that temporary branch polling places remain open for at least: 1) eight hours each day; or (2) three hours each day if the city or county clerk does not serve as the early voting clerk for the territory holding the election and the territory has fewer than 1,000 registered
voters.
Various
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Voter RegistrationRep. Ryan Guillen (D) - Licensing & Administrative Procedures, Resolutions Calendars (Chair), Ways & Means (Vice Chair)Left pending in committee 3/13/19Relating to content, issuance, and change of driver's licenses and other forms of identification issued by the Department of Public Safety, including automatic voter registration.*Automatic Voter Registration for DL/ID card transactions through DPS
*Extends voter registration to online DPS transactions (a "Stringer fix")
*Other provisions apparently unrelated to voting
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VDRRep. Rick Miller (R) -- Appropriations, Human Services, Resolutions Calendars (Vice Chair)
Left pending in committee 3/18/19Relating to renewal of an appointment as a volunteer deputy registrar.Allowing VDRs to be re-appointed without undergoing a new training
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Primary electionsRep. Jessica Gonzales (D) - Criminal Jurisprudence, Urban Affairs
Left pending in committee 3/18/19Relating to the conduct of primary elections.Requiring primaries to be conducted jointly. Various
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Election workersRep. Jon E. Rosenthal (D) - County Affairs, Energy ResourcesLeft pending in committee 3/18/19Relating to compensation for election personnel for a primary election.Providing that state funds used to pay election judges and clerks in joint primary elections must be 25% more than their pay in separate primary elections. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/SOTWDocs/EL/htm/EL.173.htm
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Referred to Committee (earliest referrals first -- not done)
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Voting eligibility Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D) -- Natural Resources & Economic Development — Vice-Chair, Administration, Business & Commerce, State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19relating to allowing a person who will be 18 years of age on the date of the general election for state and county officers to vote in the preceding primary elections.Will allow a person who will be 18 years of age on the date of the general election for state and county officers to register and vote in the preceding primary elections.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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Early voting; polling places; voting machines; recountsSen. Bob Hall (R) -- Veteran Affairs & Border Security — Vice-Chair, Agriculture, Education, Nominations, State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/1/19relating to voting and election procedures; creating a criminal offenseCuts early voting by 7 days; requires that mobile voting structures not move during early voting; as of 2029, requires paper record or paper reciepts for all voting systems; prohibits direct recording voting systems; and requires an automatic recount if there is at least a .5 percent discrepancy between total number of ballots counted and the number of people who signed the precinct's signature rosterVarious
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Polling placesSen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19relating to participation in the countywide polling place program.Repeals 43.007(i), which currently limits the number of counties the SOS can approve to participate in the countywide polling place program https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.43.htm#43.007
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Voter RegSen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19relating to providing for voter registration at a polling placeAllows voters to register to vote at the polls during in-person early voting, by casting a provisional ballot that will be counted after the county determines whether the voter is otherwise eligible to voteVarious
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Voter Reg Sen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public SafetyCreates an automatic voter registration system for certain DPS transactions, whether in person, by mail, or online. (Appears to duplicate HB140)Various
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Voter IDSen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identificationAllows a voter to use a voter registration certificate and other, expanded forms of ID as a voter ID when voting; allows a voter to update their voter registration address at the polls under certain conditions; otherwise expands kinds of voter IDs acceptable to include utility bills, bank statements, etc.
Various
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Vote By MailSen. Jose R. Rodriguez (D) -- Agriculture — Vice-Chair, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation, Water & Rural Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19Relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voterAllows any voter to vote by mail regardless of reason. Various
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Voter RegSen. Jose R. Rodriguez (D) -- Agriculture — Vice-Chair, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation, Water & Rural AffairsReferred to State Affairs 2/01/19relating to the registration of voters at a polling place during early voting by personal appearance and related procedures.Allows voters to register to vote at the polls during in-person early voting, by casting a provisional ballot that will be counted after the county determines whether the voter is otherwise eligible to vote Various
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online regSen. Borris Miles (D) -- Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Nominations
Referred to State Affairs 2/01/19relating to electronic voter registration.Creates online voter registration for those who have a Texas DL or personal ID cardhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm#13
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Voter IDSen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/07/19Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identificationAmending the voter ID law to also allow voters to present either two forms of the secondary IDs (without having to sign a reasonable impediment declaration) if one of those documents contains the voter's address, or two of an expanded set of secondary documents with a reasonable impediment declaration; expanding the list of primary IDs to include tribal identification and "any other official government document issued to
the voter and containing the voter ’s name, address, and photograph"
Various
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Voter Reg Sen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/07/19relating to the registration of voters at a polling place and related procedures.Allows voters under certain circumstances to register to vote at the polls and cast a provisional ballotVarious
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Voting MachinesSen. Jose Menendez (D) -- Administration, Business & Commerce, Intergovernmental Relations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security
Referred to State Affairs 2/07/19relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.Enforces an auditable voting system requirementthat uses a paper record and produces a paper receipt for a voter to verify their ballot is 'counted accurately'. Requires all electornic voting systems to be auditable and in recounts the paper receipts are the official votes cast. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.129.htm
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Straight ticket votingSen. Borris Miles (D) -- Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Nominations
Referred to State Affairs 2/07/19Relating to straight-party voting.Restores straight ticket voting as of September 2020. Various
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Voting MachinesRomero, Jr. | ReynoldsReferred to Elections 2/11/19relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.Enforces an auditable voting system that uses a paper record and produces a paper receipt for a voter to verify their ballot is 'counted accurately'. Requires all electornic voting systems to be auditable and in recounts the paper receipts are the official votes cast. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.129.htm
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RedistrictingRep. Donna Howard (D) - Appropriations, Higher Education, House Administration (Vice Chair)
Referred to Redistricting 2/11/19proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to redistrict the Texas Legislature and Texas congressional districts and revising procedures for redistricting.Creating an independent redistricting commissionVarious
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Voter QualificationsHoward | Israel | Stickland | Miller | BucyReferred to Elections 2/12/19Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing certain persons under the age of 18 to vote in a primary electionGranting the Legislature authority to allow non-18 year olds to vote in a primary if they will be 18 or older on the general election day.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CN/htm/CN.6.htm#6.1
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AssistanceRep. Ramon Romero Jr. (D) --Defense & Veterans' Affairs, International Relations & Economic Development
Referred to Elections 2/12/19Relating to assistance provided to a voterAmends who is eligible to receive assistance to those who "require[] assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, or who require[] an interpreter to comprehend the language in which the ballot is printed or to communicate with an election officer" and adds an oath requirement specific to those serving as an interpreter https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.64.htm
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VDRRep. Ramon Romero Jr. (D) --Defense & Veterans' Affairs, International Relations & Economic Development
Referred to Elections 2/12/19relating to registration powers of volunteer deputy registrars.A VDR may serve throughout the state regardless of county appointed. Various
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Online & Automatic Voter RegRep. Eric Johnson (D) --Higher Education, Urban Affairs
Referred to Elections 2/12/19relating to voter registration procedures.Creates both an online and automatic voter registration systemVarious
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RedistrictingRep. Eric Johnson (D) --Higher Education, Urban AffairsReferred to Redistricting 2/12/19relating to the inclusion of an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's
last residence before incarceration.
Includes an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's last residence before incarceration (if that address is within the state of Texas) and to use the adjusted census for redistrictinghttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.2058.htm
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Voter Reg Rep. Ina Minjarez (D) -- Appropriations, Land & Resource Management, Redistricting
Referred to Elections 2/13/19relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.Creates an automatic voter registration system for certain DPS transactions, whether in person, by mail, or online. (Appears to duplicate SB103)Various
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Assistance to votersRep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban Affairs
Referred to Elections 2/13/19relating to the assistance of voters; increasing a penaltyAdds a requirement that those giving assistance to a voter swear that they did not pressure or intimidate the voter into choosing that person to provide assistance, and increasing the penalty for making a falsely making that statement under certain circumstanceshttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.64.htm#64.034

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.37.htm#37.02
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IDRep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban Affairs
Referred to Elections 2/13/19Relating to the recording of certain personal information of voters by election officialsThis act would allow election officials to photograph if the election officer suspects ID authenticity issues or if they present any documentation that isn't issued by DPS with a photograph. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm
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Polling PlacesRep. Diego Bernal (D) -- Local & Consent Calendars, Public Education (Vice Chair), Transportation
Referred to Elections 2/13/19relating to participation in the countywide polling place program.Repeals the cap on the number of counties that can apply to participate in the countywide voting center programhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.43.htm#43.007
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Online RegReynolds | Guillen | Johnson, Jarvis | Cole | BeckleyReferred to Elections 2/13/19relating to electronic voter registration.Creates an online voter registration for voters who possess an unexpired TX driver's license or personal IDhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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Voter RegRep. Borris Miles (D) - Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Nominations
Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19Relating to the procedures for challenging the registration of a voter on the ground of residence.
Requires a hearing for challenges to a voter's registration when the challenge is based on residence; if the voter fails to appear at the hearing or submit an affidavit, the proposed law still prevents registrars from deciding on the challenge until after they have sent a confirmation notice to the voterhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.16.htm
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MsclRep. Pat Fallon (R) -- Administration — Vice-Chair, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources & Economic Development, State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19Relating to the use of a mobile phone by a person near a polling place.
Specifies that a person may use their cell phone near a voting booth to "access information" Various
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Voter RegRep. Pat Fallon (R) -- Administration — Vice-Chair, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources & Economic Development, State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19Relating to the verification of citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.
Requires verification of citizenship to register to votehttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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RegSen. Judith Zaffirini (D) -- Natural Resources & Economic Development — Vice-Chair, Administration, Business & Commerce, State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19Joint Resolution proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing certain persons under the age of 18 to vote in a primary election.Amending the State Constitution to allow the Legislature to authorize people under 18 to vote in a primary if they will be of voting age for the general electionhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CN/htm/CN.6.htm#6.1
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VDRRep. Diego Bernal (D) -- Local & Consent Calendars, Public Education (Vice Chair), Transportation
Referred to Elections 2/19/19relating to the appointment and training of volunteer deputy registrarsRequires counties to adopt a method for training and examining volunteer deputy registrars; current law makes it optional. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm#13.048
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RedistricingRep. Donna Howard (D) - Appropriations, Higher Education, House Administration (Vice Chair)
Referred to Redistricting 2/19/19relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission.Implementing the creation of an independent redistricting commission created by HJR25 (see above)Various
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Vote by MailRep. Evelina Ortega (D) -- House Administration, Public Health, Transportation
Referred to Elections 2/19/19relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voter.Allows any voter to vote by mail regardless of reason (similar to SB 164)Various
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Voter TurnoutRep. Evelina Ortega (D) -- House Administration, Public Health, Transportation
Referred to Elections 2/19/19Relating to a strategic plan by the secretary of state to increase voter turnoutRequires the Secretary of State to develop a strategic plan to increase voter turnout, using "evidence-based methods" and working in collaboration with institutions of higher education and requires the Secretary to report in December of every even numbered year on progress. Law expires in January 2025.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/docs/EL/htm/EL.31.htm
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Election datesRep. Mike Lang (R) -- Homeland Security & Public Safety, Natural Resources
Referred to elections 2/19/19relating to holding elections on uniform election dates.Sets the election date for trustees of an ISD and issuance of bonds by a political subdivision to be on "a uniform election date"; sets general and special election dates for March and November of even numbered years and eliminates certain election dates in MayVarious
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Online RegRep. Celia Israel (D) --Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to elections 2/19/19relating to electronic voter registration.Creating an online voter registration systemhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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Voting EquipmentRep. Celia Israel (D) --Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to elections 2/19/19relating to the creation of a fund to assist local governments with the acquisition of voting system equipment.Establishes a state voting system fund to make grants to cities and counties to replace voting equipment. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.123.htm
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Election datesRep. Briscoe Cain (R) -- Elections, International Relations & Economic Development, Resolutions Calendars
Referred to electiosn 2/19/19relating to holding elections on uniform election dates.Eliminates May uniform election dates, requires election for the issuance of bonds by a political subdivision to be held on the uniform election date of an even numbered year; Various
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Polling placesRep. Gina Hinojosa (D) -- Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Human Services (Vice Chair)
Referred to Elections 02/19/19relating to the designation of polling place locations on the
campuses of certain institutions of higher education.
Requires counties to establish a polling location on the main campus of an institution of higher education if it has more than 10,000 studentshttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.43.htm
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Primary ElectionsRep. Mike Lang (R) -- Homeland Security & Public Safety, Natural Resources
Referred to Elections 02/19/19relating to requiring a voter to be affiliated with a political party to vote in that party's primary election or otherwise participate in that party's affairs; creating a criminal offense.Adds a political party affiliation question to VR application; limiting the right to vote a limited ballot in a party primary to those affiliated with that party at their prior address as established by voter registration records; prohibits those affiliated with a political party from running an independent candidacy in a general election; requires candidates for certain offices in a political party to be affiliated with that party; requiring voters in a primary to be affiliated with that party; requires a one year waiting period before political party affiliation (as made on the voter registration form) takes effect, with an exception for those who turn 18; creates a criminal offense for those who attempt to vote in a primary for which they are not affiliated; requiring primary voters to vote provisionally if they cannot establish their party affiliationVarious
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Reg Lang | HefnerReferred to Elections 02/19/19relating to the verification of citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.Requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. Various
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Voter IDRep. Poncho Nevarez (D) - Homeland Security & Public Safety (Chair), Natural Resources
Referred to elections 2/20/19relating to acceptable forms of identification for voting.Allows tribal photo ID to be used as a voter ID.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm#63.0101
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Voter's ResidenceRep. Jim Muphy (R) - Pensions, Investments & Financial Services (Chair), Ways & Means
Referred to elections 2/20/19relating to the residence address of a person for purposes of a
response to a confirmation notice sent by the voter registrar.
Amends the law to require a voter to use one of the following addresses (whichever is the first in this order to apply) as their residence address in responding to a confirmation notice:
*DL address
*Personal ID address
*Concealed handgun license address
*Mailing address
*Homestead address
*Vehicle registration address
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.15.htm
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BallotsRep. Matt Shaheen (R) -Urban Affairs (Vice Chair), Ways & Means
Referred to elections 2/20/19relating to the use of a mechanical or electronic device by a person occupying a voting station.Amends law to allow person occupying voting station to photograph their completed ballot https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.61.htm#61.014
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Voter Reg Rep. Shawn Theirry (D) - House Administration, Land & Resource Management, Transportation
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to automatic voter registration of students enrolled in public institutions of higher education.Creates an automatic voter registration for students enrolled in an institution of higher education Various
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Voter QualificationsHoward | Israel | Stickland | Miller | BucyReferred to Elections 2/20/19relating to allowing a person who will be 18 years of age on the date of the general election for state and county officers to vote in the preceding primary elections.Allowing voters under 18 to register to vote and vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the general electionVarious
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Voter IDRep. Celia Israel (D) -- Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of
identification.
Allows a voter to use a voter registration certificate and other, expanded forms of ID as a voter ID when voting; allows a voter to update their voter registration address at the polls under certain conditions; otherwise expands kinds of voter IDs acceptable to include utility bills, bank statements, etc. Various
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Voter Reg Rep. Celia Israel (D) -- Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to the issuance of a receipt by the Department of Public Safety to an applicant for a driver ’s license or personal identification certificate that may be used to show proof of voter registration.Allowing voters to use a DPS receipt to prove their registration and cure a provisional ballot. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.20.htm#20
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Vote by MailRep. Rick Miller (R) -- Appropriations, Human Services, Resolutions Calendars (Vice Chair)
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to an application for a ballot to be voted by mail.Extends the time that a vote by mail application serves for, in certain circumstances, from annual to the end of the next even numbered yearhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.86.htm#86.0015
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Voter IDRep. Poncho Nevarez (D) - Homeland Security & Public Safety (Chair), Natural Resources
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to acceptable forms of identification for voting.Allowing a tribal photo ID to be used as a voter IDhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm#63.0101
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HSVRRep. Terry Canales (D) - Land & Resource Management, Transportation (Chair)
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to voter registration application forms in high schools.Affirmatively requiring SOS to send mail-in VR forms to high schools after determining the number of students at each high school https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm#13.046
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MsclRep. Hubert Vo (D) -- Insurance, Pensions, Investments & Financial Services (Vice Chair), Resolutions Calendars
Referred to Elections 2/20/19relating to the criminal offense of unlawfully prohibiting an employee from voting.Extends the prohibition on preventing an employee from voting to early vote, not just election day.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.276.htm#276.004
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MsclRep. James White (R) --Corrections (Chair), Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Redistricting
Referred to Elections 2/21/19relating to the acceptance of certain voters at a polling place.Allows uniformed first responders to skip to the front of the line to votehttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm
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Voter Reg/Polling placesRep. Harold V. Dutton Jr (D) - Juvenile Justice & Family Issues (Chair), Public Education
Referred to Elections 2/21/19relating to registering to vote and voting while in custody at certain county jails and related procedures.Mandates that county jails be used as polling places for eligible voters being housed there, and allowing those voters to register same dayVarious
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Online RegRep. Harold V. Dutton Jr (D) - Juvenile Justice & Family Issues (Chair), Public Education
Referred to Elections 2/21/19relating to electronic voter registration.Requiring county registrars to establish a system for online voter reghttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm#13.002

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm#13.072
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IDVo | Beckley | Meza | GuillenReferred to Elections 2/21/19relating to acceptable forms of identification for votingAllows a student photo ID or other photo ID issued by state to be used as a voter IDhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm#63.0101
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Vote by MailRep. Senfronia Thompson (D) -- Licensing & Administrative Procedures, Public Health (Chair), Redistricting
Referred to Elections 2/21/19Relating to renewing the application to receive ballots to be voted by mail for certain elections held during a calendar year.Requires that, when a voter is sent a ballot to be voted by mail in the November general election of an even-numbered year, the voter also be sent an application for vote by mail to cover the next two years of elections. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.86.htm
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Election DatesRep. Lyle Larson (R) -- International Relations & Economic Development, Natural Resources (Chair), Redistricting
Referred to Elections 2/21/19Relating to the date of the primary election and related procedures.Moves primary election dates back to January in even numbered years (and runoffs to March). Also mandates that, once a person chooses to vote in one party's primary, that choice holds for the rest of "voting year in which the primary election is held" Various
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Straight ticket votingRep. Ron Reynolds (D) -- Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Environmental Regulation
Referred to Elections 2/21/19Relating to straight-party voting.Restores straight ticket voting as of September 2020. Various
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HSVRSen. Jose Rodriguez (D) - Agriculture (VC), Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation, Water & Rural Affairs
Referred to State Affairs 2/21/19Relating to voter registration application form distribution information reported through the Public Education Information Management System.
Requires each school district and open-enrollment charter school to report each semester the number of students who are or will be 18 years old during the school year and the number of VR forms distributed to them. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.42.htm
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MsclRep. Dan Huberty (R) --County Affairs, Public Education (Chair)
Referred to Land and Resource Management 2/25/19Relating to voting rights and eligibility for office of residents of certain districts subject to a strategic partnership agreement.Lets qualified voters living in part of a district annexed for limited purposes under a strategic partnership agreement to vote in municipal elections under certain circumstanceshttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.43.htm
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Voter IDRep. Ron Reynolds (D) -- Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Environmental Regulation
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification.
Allows a voter to use a voter registration certificate and other, expanded forms of ID as a voter ID when voting; allows a voter to update their voter registration address at the polls under certain conditions; otherwise expands kinds of voter IDs acceptable to include utility bills, bank statements, etc. Various
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HSVRRep. Ana Hernandez (D) -- Licensing & Administrative Procedures, State Affairs (Vice Chair)
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Relating to the secretary of state providing voter registration application forms to high schools.Requires secretary of state to provide high schools with registration forms at least once each school year https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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Vote By Mail Rep. Celia Israel (D) - Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Relating to the authority to conduct a runoff primary election by mail in certain counties.
Lets a state party chair require a county to conduct a runoff primary exclusively by mail ballots, if fewer than 100 votes were cast in the county in the general primary and a runoff is needed only for a statewide or a district office filled by voters of more than one county. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.172.htm
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Provisional BallotsRep. Celia Israel (D) - Elections, Homeland Security & Public Safety
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Relating to requiring the secretary of state to maintain certain information regarding provisional voting.
Requires that the record submitted to the Secretary of State after an election must include if the voter voted provisionally and the reason a provisional ballot was cast. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.18.htm
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Election DayRep. Eric Johnson (D) --Higher Education, Urban Affairs
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Concurrent ResolutionConcurrent resolution urging Congress to designate federal general Election Day as a legal public holiday. N/A
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CensusRep. Harold V. Dutton Jr (D) - Juvenile Justice & Family Issues (Chair), Public Education
Referred to State Affairs 2/25/19Concurrent ResolutionCreating the Complete Count Census Committee with the stated goals of studying, developing, and recommending strategies to encourage full participation of the state's residents in the 2020 federal decennial census
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Voting Rights ActRep. Ron Reynolds (D) -- Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Environmental Regulation
Referred to Elections 2/25/19Concurrent ResolutionUrges Congress to "restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act" after the Shelby County decision
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Vote by Mail Rep. Thresa "Terry" Meza (D) - Agriculture & Livestock, Human Services, Resolutions Calendars
Referred to elections 2/26/19Relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voter.
Allows no-excuse vote by mail (companion to SB 164 by Sen. Rodriguez and a duplicate of HB 325 by Rep. Ortega)Various
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Vote by Mail Rep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban Affairs
Referred to elections 2/26/19Relating to the signature required on an application for voter registration or for a ballot to be voted by mail.Requires "ink on paper" signature on VR application and expressly prohibits electronic or photocopied signatures; eliminates ability to fax in a VR application; also requiring "ink on paper" signature for mail ballot applications and expressly prohibiting photocopied signatures there too https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm
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Vote by Mail Rep. Valoree Swanson (R) - Elections, Urban Affairs
Referred to elections 2/26/19Relating to the preservation of certain election records.
Requires counties to preserve all vote-by-mail ballot envelopes and carrier envelopes returned by a voter for 22 months as a "precinct election record". https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.66.htm
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MsclRep. Gina Hinojosa (D) - Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Human Services (Vice Chair)
Referred to Transpo. 02/26/19Relating to the issuance of Register to Vote specialty license plates.
Authorizes issuance of specialty "Register to Vote" and use of part of the fee for the places to be used for a voter education campaign administered by the S.O.S.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.504.htm
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Voter RegRep. Theresa "Terry" Meza (D) - Agriculture/livestock, Human Services, resolution calendars Referred to elections 2/26/19Relating to the registration of voters at a polling place and related procedures.
Allows a person to register to vote at the polls provided they also bring certain specified forms of ID. Note that the IDs that are acceptable are limited, and the current proposed version appears to include a major typo that changes the meaning of the statute--requires voter registration form to be turned in to an "elected official" instead of an "election official." https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.63.htm
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Vote By Mail Rep. Celia Israel (D) - Elections, Homeland Security & Public SafetyReferred to Elections 02/26/19Relating to the deadline for submitting an application for a ballot to be voted by mail.
Allows a person to submit an application for ballot by mail via mail to the county elections office up to the 11th day before the election, instead of the current deadline of the last day before early vote; allows ballot by mail applications to satisfy the deadline by having merely been placed in the mail as of the deadline.https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.84.htm
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Voter RegRep. Michelle Beckley (D) - Agriculture & Livestock, Business & Industry Referred to elections 2/26/19Relating to the registration of voters at a polling place during early voting by personal appearance and related procedures.
Allows for same day registration, provided that the voter brings certain forms of ID and votes provisionally. Companion to SB 165 by Rodriguez.Various
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Primaries/Ballot AccessRep. Rafael Anchia (D) - Energy Resources, House Administration, and International Relations & Economic Development (chair)Referred to Elections 02/26/19Relating to nonpartisan primary elections; authorizing a fee.
Adopts the top two California-style primary system, wherein the top two candidates in a primary advance to the general elections; makes some other corresponding changes to the ballot access process. Various
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