Bill Text: TX HB2903 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to voter registration applications.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-01 - Left pending in committee [HB2903 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB2903-Introduced.html
  86R7741 GRM-D
 
  By: Fierro H.B. No. 2903
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to voter registration applications.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 13.073, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (b-1) to read as
  follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b) or (b-1), the
  registrar shall deliver written notice of the reason for the
  rejection of an application to the applicant not later than the
  second day after the date of rejection.
         (b-1)  Before rejecting an application on which an applicant
  provided an e-mail address, the registrar may notify an applicant
  by e-mail that the registrar needs additional information to
  approve the application, including correcting an applicant's date
  of birth, correcting the spelling of the applicant's name, or
  providing additional information to correct an address or county of
  residence. The registrar shall make a reasonable effort to contact
  the applicant by e-mail. If no response is received before the
  fourth day after the date the registrar sends the notification, the
  registrar may reject the application. 
         SECTION 2.  Section 13.122(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  In addition to the other statements and spaces for
  entering information that appear on an officially prescribed
  registration application form, each official form must include:
               (1)  the statement:  "I understand that giving false
  information to procure a voter registration is perjury and a crime
  under state and federal law.";
               (2)  a space for the applicant's registration number;
               (3)  a space for the applicant's Texas driver's license
  number or number of a personal identification card issued by the
  Department of Public Safety;
               (4)  a space for the applicant's telephone number;
               (5)  a space for the applicant's social security
  number;
               (6)  a space for the applicant's sex;
               (7)  a statement indicating that the furnishing of the
  applicant's telephone number, e-mail address, and sex is optional;
               (8)  a space or box for indicating whether the
  applicant or voter is submitting new registration information or a
  change in current registration information;
               (9)  a statement instructing a voter who is using the
  form to make a change in current registration information to enter
  the voter's name and the changed information in the appropriate
  spaces on the form;
               (10)  a statement that if the applicant declines to
  register to vote, that fact will remain confidential and will be
  used only for voter registration purposes;
               (11)  a statement that if the applicant does register
  to vote, information regarding the agency or office to which the
  application is submitted will remain confidential and will be used
  only for voter registration purposes;
               (12)  a space or box for indicating whether the
  applicant is interested in working as an election judge;
               (13)  a statement warning that a conviction for making
  a false statement may result in imprisonment for up to the maximum
  amount of time provided by law, a fine of up to the maximum amount
  provided by law, or both the imprisonment and the fine; [and]
               (14)  a space for the applicant's e-mail address; and
               (15)  any other voter registration information
  required by federal law or considered appropriate and required by
  the secretary of state.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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