Bill Text: TX HB3267 | 2015-2016 | 84th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2015-03-18 - Referred to Elections [HB3267 Detail]

Download: Texas-2015-HB3267-Introduced.html
  84R9501 JRJ-D
 
  By: Herrero H.B. No. 3267
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a
  driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public
  Safety.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
  ARTICLE 1. VOTER REGISTRAR, APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION, INITIAL
  REGISTRATION, AND RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION
         SECTION 1.01.  Section 12.001, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 12.001.  DESIGNATION OF VOTER REGISTRAR. (a) Except as
  provided by Subsection (b), the [The] county tax assessor-collector
  is the voter registrar for the county unless the position of county
  elections administrator is created or the county clerk is
  designated as the voter registrar.
         (b)  The secretary of state is the voter registrar for the
  purpose of the registration of voters and maintenance of the list of
  registered voters. The voter registrar designated under Subsection
  (a) is the voter registrar for all other purposes.
         SECTION 1.02.  Section 12.004, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 12.004.  OFFICE HOURS. (a)  [The registrar shall
  conduct voter registration activities at all times during regular
  office hours.
         [(b)     The registrar may keep the office open for voter
  registration activities at times other than regular office hours.
  The registrar shall post notice of the irregular days and hours the
  office will be open. The notice must remain posted continuously at
  each entrance to the registrar's office for the period beginning
  not later than the third day before the day the office is to be open
  during irregular hours and ending after the last time specified in
  the notice for the office to be open.
         [(c)]  The registrar's office shall remain open [for voter
  registration activities] during the hours the polls are required to
  be open for voting on the date of any general or primary election in
  which a statewide office appears on the ballot or any other election
  held in the county on a uniform election date.
         (b) [(d)]  If early voting by personal appearance is
  required to be conducted for extended hours under Section 85.005(c)
  or for weekend hours under Section 85.006(e), the registrar's
  office shall remain open for providing voter registration
  information during the extended hours or weekend hours that the
  main early voting polling place is open for voting.
         SECTION 1.03.  Section 13.001(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  To be eligible to apply for registration, a person must,
  on the date the registration application is submitted to the
  secretary of state [registrar], be at least 17 years and 10 months
  of age and satisfy the requirements of Subsection (a) except for
  age.
         SECTION 1.04.  The heading to Section 13.002, Election Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 13.002.  OPTIONAL APPLICATION [REQUIRED].
         SECTION 1.05.  Section 13.002, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (j) to read as
  follows:
         (a)  A person desiring to register to vote may [must] submit
  an application to the secretary of state or to the registrar of the
  county in which the person resides, who must forward the
  application to the secretary of state not later than the fifth day
  after the date the application is submitted. Except as provided by
  Subsection (e), an application must be submitted by personal
  delivery, by mail, or by telephonic facsimile machine in accordance
  with Sections 13.143(d) and (d-2).
         (j)  Nothing in this section shall prevent a person from
  becoming registered to vote as provided by Section 13.009.
         SECTION 1.06.  Section 13.0021, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  A federal judge or state judge or the spouse of a federal
  judge or state judge who is automatically registered to vote under
  Section 13.009 and seeks to have a residence address omitted from
  the registration list shall submit an affidavit to the secretary of
  state stating that the individual is a federal judge or state judge
  or the spouse of a federal judge or state judge.
         SECTION 1.07.  Section 13.004, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.004.  RECORDING AND DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN
  INFORMATION [BY REGISTRAR]. (a)  The secretary of state
  [registrar] may not transcribe, copy, or otherwise record a
  telephone number furnished on a registration application.
         (b)  The secretary of state [registrar] may transcribe,
  copy, or otherwise record a social security number furnished on a
  registration application only in maintaining the accuracy of the
  registration records.
         (c)  The following information furnished on a registration
  application is confidential and does not constitute public
  information for purposes of Chapter 552, Government Code:
               (1)  a social security number;
               (2)  a Texas driver's license number;
               (3)  a number of a personal identification card issued
  by the Department of Public Safety;
               (4)  an indication that an applicant is interested in
  working as an election judge; or
               (5)  the residence address of the applicant, if the
  applicant is a federal judge or state judge, as defined by Section
  13.0021, the spouse of a federal judge or state judge, or an
  individual to whom Section 552.1175, Government Code, applies and
  the applicant:
                     (A)  included an affidavit with the registration
  application describing the applicant's status under this
  subdivision, including an affidavit under Section 13.0021 if the
  applicant is a federal judge or state judge or the spouse of a
  federal judge or state judge;
                     (B)  provided the secretary of state [registrar]
  with an affidavit describing the applicant's status under this
  subdivision, including an affidavit under Section 15.0215 if the
  applicant is a federal judge or state judge or the spouse of a
  federal judge or state judge; or
                     (C)  provided the secretary of state [registrar]
  with a completed form approved by the secretary of state for the
  purpose of notifying the secretary of state [registrar] of the
  applicant's status under this subdivision.
         (c-1)  The secretary of state and the registrar shall ensure
  that the information listed in Subsection (c) is excluded from
  disclosure.
         (d)  The secretary of state, voter registrar, or other county
  official who has access to the information furnished on a
  registration application may not post the following information on
  a website:
               (1)  a telephone number;
               (2)  a social security number;
               (3)  a driver's license number or a number of a personal
  identification card;
               (4)  a date of birth; or
               (5)  the residence address of a voter who is a federal
  judge or state judge, as defined by Section 13.0021, or the spouse
  of a federal judge or state judge, if the voter included an
  affidavit with the application under Section 13.0021 or the
  secretary of state [registrar] has received an affidavit submitted
  under Section 13.0021(c) or 15.0215.
         SECTION 1.08.  Subchapter A, Chapter 13, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 13.009 and 13.010 to read as follows:
         Sec. 13.009.  VOTER REGISTRATION THROUGH DEPARTMENT OF
  PUBLIC SAFETY. (a) The secretary of state shall automatically
  register any individual who is eligible to vote as provided by
  Section 13.001 and:
               (1)  is issued a Texas driver's license or a personal
  identification card by the Department of Public Safety; or
               (2)  makes a change to a Texas driver's license or
  personal identification card issued by the Department of Public
  Safety.
         (b)  A driver's license or personal identification card
  transaction with an indication provided by Section 20.062(b) or
  20.063(c) that the transaction is not for voter registration
  purposes is not subject to this section.
         Sec. 13.010.  PAPER APPLICATION FOR VOTER REGISTRATION. The
  secretary of state shall post on its Internet website voter
  registration application forms that may be printed and submitted to
  the secretary of state or to the registrar of the county in which
  the person resides in:
               (1)  English; and
               (2)  any language other than English for which over
  five percent of the total voting age citizens of a political
  subdivision in this state are members of that single minority
  language group.
         SECTION 1.09.  Section 13.071, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.071.  REVIEW OF APPLICATION. (a)  The secretary of
  state [registrar] shall review each submitted application for
  registration to determine whether it complies with Section 13.002
  and indicates that the applicant is eligible for registration.
         (b)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall make the
  determination not later than the seventh day after the date the
  application is submitted to the secretary of state [registrar].
         SECTION 1.10.  Sections 13.072(a), (b), and (c), Election
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The secretary of state [Unless the registrar challenges
  the applicant, the registrar] shall approve the application if:
               (1)  the secretary of state [registrar] determines that
  an application complies with Section 13.002 and indicates that the
  applicant is eligible for registration; and
               (2)  for an applicant who has not included a statement
  described by Section 13.002(c)(8)(C) or for an applicant who does
  not register under Section 13.009, the [registrar verifies with
  the] secretary of state verifies:
                     (A)  the applicant's Texas driver's license number
  or number of a personal identification card issued by the
  Department of Public Safety; or
                     (B)  the last four digits of the applicant's
  social security number.
         (b)  After approval of an application by an applicant who was
  registered in another county at the time of application, the
  secretary of state [registrar] shall update the statewide voter
  registration list to reflect [deliver written notice of the
  applicant's change of residence to the other county's registrar and
  include in the notice] the applicant's change in county of [name,
  former] residence [address, and former registration number, if
  known].
         (c)  If [Except as provided by Subsection (d), if] the
  secretary of state [registrar] determines that an application does
  not comply with Section 13.002 or does not indicate that the
  applicant is eligible for registration, the secretary of state
  [registrar] shall reject the application.
         SECTION 1.11.  Subchapter C, Chapter 13, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 13.0725 to read as follows:
         Sec. 13.0725.  PROCESS FOR VERIFICATION OF APPLICANT'S TEXAS
  DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUED
  PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. (a) The
  secretary of state shall adopt rules establishing standards used
  for the verification of information on a voter registration
  application submitted under Section 13.072(a)(2)(A). The rules
  shall provide a process by which the secretary of state verifies an
  applicant's Texas driver's license number or Department of Public
  Safety issued personal identification card number if, based on the
  available information, a minor correction in the applicant's last
  name or date of birth would lead a reasonable person to conclude
  that the number submitted is the correct number for that applicant.
         (b)  If available, the secretary of state shall review the
  name and date of birth maintained by the Department of Public Safety
  or other agency used in the verification process for a submitted
  application that corresponds to the Texas driver's license number,
  Department of Public Safety issued personal identification card
  number, or social security number submitted by the applicant if:
               (1)  the secretary of state cannot verify the accuracy
  of an applicant's Texas driver's license number, Department of
  Public Safety issued personal identification card number, or social
  security number as submitted by the applicant; or
               (2)  the secretary of state verifies the accuracy of
  the number provided, but it is not a perfect match with the personal
  information provided by the applicant.
         (c)  If the application was not otherwise verified under this
  section and the secretary of state determines that a governmental
  clerical error was made in processing or submitting the
  application, the secretary of state shall correct the registration
  record and submit the corrected record for verification under
  Section 13.072(a)(2).
         SECTION 1.12.  Section 13.073, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.073.  NOTICE OF REJECTION.  (a)  Except as provided
  by Subsection (b), the secretary of state [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. If an application is rejected because it was not
  verified under Section 13.072, the notice shall indicate whether
  the last name, date of birth, Texas driver's license number,
  Department of Public Safety issued personal identification card
  number, or social security number was the reason for the failure to
  verify, if that information is provided to the secretary of state
  under Section 13.0725.
         (b)  If the secretary of state [registrar] rejects an
  application in the applicant's presence, at that time the secretary
  of state [registrar] shall orally inform the applicant of the
  reason for the rejection. If the rejection is for incompleteness,
  the secretary of state [registrar] shall return the application to
  the applicant for completion and resubmission.
         (c)  If the secretary of state [registrar] rejects an
  application for incompleteness but receives a completed
  application not later than the 10th day after the date the notice is
  delivered under Subsection (a) or the date the incomplete
  application is returned under Subsection (b), as applicable, the
  original date of submission of the incomplete application is
  considered to be the date of submission to the secretary of state
  [registrar] for the purpose of determining the effective date of
  registration.
         SECTION 1.13.  Sections 13.074(a) and (b), Election Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  If after the secretary of state determines
  [determining] that an application complies with Section 13.002 and
  indicates that the applicant is eligible for registration, the
  registrar has reason to believe the applicant is not eligible for
  registration or the application was submitted in an unauthorized
  manner, the registrar shall challenge the applicant.
         (b)  The registrar shall indicate on the statewide
  computerized voter registration list [application of a challenged
  applicant] that the applicant's eligibility or the manner of
  submission of the application has been challenged and the date of
  the challenge.
         SECTION 1.14.  Section 13.080, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.080.  RECORDING REJECTION. On rejection of an
  applicant's registration application by a registrar under Section
  13.079, the registrar shall inform the secretary of state and the
  secretary of state shall enter the date of and reason for the
  rejection on the application.
         SECTION 1.15.  Sections 13.101(a) and (b), Election Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain a file
  containing the approved registration applications of the
  registered voters of the state [county].
         (b)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain the
  file in alphabetical order by voter name on a county by county
  [countywide] basis. However, the secretary of state [registrar] may
  maintain the file in numerical order by registration number if the
  secretary of state [registrar] regularly maintains a list of
  registered voters in alphabetical order by voter name on a county by
  county [countywide] basis.
         SECTION 1.16.  Sections 13.102(a), (b), and (c), Election
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain a file
  containing the rejected applications of applicants for
  registration.
         (b)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain a
  file, separate from the file maintained under Subsection (a),
  containing the applications of the voters whose registrations have
  been canceled.
         (c)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain each
  file in alphabetical order by applicant or voter name on a county by
  county [countywide] basis.
         SECTION 1.17.  Section 13.103, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.103.  PLACE FOR KEEPING FILES; SECURITY. (a)  The
  registration application files maintained under this subchapter
  shall be kept in the secretary of state's [registrar's] office at
  all times in a place and manner ensuring their security.
         (b)  Applications may be removed from the secretary of
  state's [registrar's] office temporarily, in a manner ensuring
  their security, for use in preparing registration certificates,
  lists of registered voters, and other registration documents by
  electronic data-processing methods.
         SECTION 1.18.  Section 13.104(a), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  Instead of keeping the original registration
  applications and supporting documentation as required by this
  title, the secretary of state [registrar] may record the
  applications and documentation on an optical disk or other computer
  storage medium [approved by the secretary of state].
         SECTION 1.19.  Section 13.142(a), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The secretary of state shall notify the registrar of a
  voter's registration as soon as practicable. After notification of
  registration of a voter by the secretary of state under Section
  13.009, or approval of a registration application by the secretary
  of state, the registrar shall:
               (1)  prepare a voter registration certificate in
  duplicate and issue the original certificate to the applicant; and
               (2)  enter the applicant's county election precinct
  number and registration number on the applicant's registration
  application.
         SECTION 1.20.  Sections 13.143(a), (d), (d-2), and (e),
  Election Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (e), if an
  applicant's registration application is approved, the registration
  becomes effective on the 30th day after the date the application is
  submitted to the secretary of state [registrar] or on the date the
  applicant becomes 18 years of age, whichever is later.
         (d)  For purposes of determining the effective date of a
  registration, an application submitted by:
               (1)  mail is considered to be submitted to the
  secretary of state [registrar] on the date it is placed with postage
  prepaid and properly addressed in the United States mail; or
               (2)  telephonic facsimile machine is considered to be
  submitted to the secretary of state [registrar] on the date the
  transmission is received by the secretary of state [registrar],
  subject to Subsection (d-2).
         (d-2)  For a registration application submitted by
  telephonic facsimile machine to be effective, a copy of the
  registration application must be submitted by mail and be received
  by the secretary of state [registrar] not later than the fourth
  business day after the transmission by telephonic facsimile machine
  is received.
         (e)  If the 30th day before the date of an election is a
  Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, an
  application is considered to be timely if it is submitted to the
  secretary of state [registrar] on or before the next regular
  business day.
         SECTION 1.21.  Sections 13.144(a) and (b), Election Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Not later than the 30th day after the date the registrar
  receives notice from the secretary of state that an individual has
  registered to vote [the application], the registrar shall deliver
  the original of an initial certificate:
               (1)  in person to the applicant or the applicant's agent
  appointed under Section 13.003; or
               (2)  by mail to the applicant.
         (b)  If delivery is by mail, the registrar shall send the
  certificate to the mailing address provided for the individual in
  the statewide computerized voter [on the applicant's] registration
  list [application].
         SECTION 1.22.  Section 14.002(a), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (d), the registrar
  shall deliver a voter's renewal certificate by mail to the mailing
  address provided for the individual in the statewide computerized
  voter [on the voter's] registration list [application].
         SECTION 1.23.  Section 15.021(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The registrar shall retain the notice on file [with the
  voter's registration application]. If the correction is a change
  of the voter's name, the registrar shall file the application under
  the new name.
         SECTION 1.24.  Section 15.0215(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  A federal judge, a state judge, or the spouse of a
  federal judge or state judge who is registered to vote may at any
  time submit to the secretary of state [registrar of the county in
  which the judge resides] an affidavit stating that the voter is a
  federal judge or state judge or the spouse of a federal judge or
  state judge.
         SECTION 1.25.  Section 15.053(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The registrar shall submit [act on] the response to the
  secretary of state for action in accordance with Section 13.072 and
  retain the response on file [with the voter's registration
  application].
         SECTION 1.26.  Section 16.005, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 16.005.  PRESERVATION OF ABSTRACT.  If an abstract
  received under this subchapter affects a registered voter of the
  county, the registrar shall retain a copy of the abstract on file
  [with the affected voter's registration application].
         SECTION 1.27.  Section 16.031(a), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The registrar shall cancel a voter's registration
  immediately on receipt of:
               (1)  notice under Section [13.072(b) or] 15.021 or a
  response under Section 15.053 that the voter's residence is outside
  the county;
               (2)  an abstract of the voter's death certificate under
  Section 16.001(a) or an abstract of an application indicating that
  the voter is deceased under Section 16.001(b);
               (3)  an abstract of a final judgment of the voter's
  total mental incapacity, partial mental incapacity without the
  right to vote, conviction of a felony, or disqualification under
  Section 16.002, 16.003, or 16.004;
               (4)  notice under Section 112.012 that the voter has
  applied for a limited ballot in another county;
               (5)  notice from a voter registration official in
  another state that the voter has registered to vote outside this
  state;
               (6)  notice from the early voting clerk under Section
  101.053 [101.0041] that a federal postcard application submitted by
  an applicant states a voting residence address located outside the
  registrar's county; or
               (7)  notice from the secretary of state that the voter
  has registered to vote in another county, as determined by the
  voter's driver's license number or personal identification card
  number issued by the Department of Public Safety or social security
  number.
         SECTION 1.28.  Section 16.033(f), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (f)  The registrar shall retain a copy of the notice mailed
  to a voter under this section on file [with the voter's registration
  application]. If the voter's reply to the notice is in writing, the
  registrar shall also retain the reply on file [with the
  application]. If the reply is oral, the registrar shall prepare a
  memorandum of the reply, indicating the substance and date of the
  reply, and shall retain the memorandum on file [with the
  application].
         SECTION 1.29.  Section 16.0331(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The registrar shall retain the request on file [with the
  voter's registration application].
         SECTION 1.30.  Section 16.034, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 16.034.  RECORDING CANCELLATION.  On cancellation of a
  voter's registration, the registrar shall notify the secretary of
  state of [enter] the date of and reason for the cancellation and the
  secretary of state shall record the information on the voter's
  registration application and duplicate registration certificate
  and make any other appropriate corrections in the registration
  records.
         SECTION 1.31.  Section 16.037(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  On reinstatement of a registration, the registrar shall
  notify the secretary of state of [enter] the date of and reason for
  the reinstatement and the secretary of state shall record the
  information on the voter's registration application and duplicate
  registration certificate, make any appropriate corrections in the
  registration records, and take any other action necessary to give
  effect to the reinstatement.
         SECTION 1.32.  Section 31.040(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  The commissioners court or the administrator may
  require any or all of the administrator's deputies[, other than
  unpaid volunteer deputy registrars,] to give a bond similar to that
  required of the administrator in an amount not exceeding the amount
  of the administrator's bond.
         SECTION 1.33.  Section 31.161(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  The joint elections commission or the joint elections
  administrator may require any or all of the administrator's
  deputies[, other than unpaid volunteer deputy registrars,] to give
  a bond similar to that required of the administrator in an amount
  not exceeding the amount of the administrator's bond.
  ARTICLE 2. PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING REGISTERED VOTERS
         SECTION 2.01.  Section 18.005(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The original or supplemental list of registered voters
  may not contain the residence address of a voter who is a federal
  judge, a state judge, or the spouse of a federal judge or state
  judge, if the voter included an affidavit with the voter's
  registration application under Section 13.0021 or the secretary of
  state [registrar] received an affidavit submitted under Section
  15.0215 before the list was prepared.  In this subsection, "federal
  judge" and "state judge" have the meanings assigned by Section
  13.0021.
         SECTION 2.02.  Section 18.006, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 18.006.  DELIVERY OF LISTS TO ELECTION AUTHORITIES.
  The registrar shall deliver the lists furnished under this
  subchapter, including the lists furnished under Section 18.007, to
  the appropriate authority as soon as practicable after the request
  but in every case in time for receipt before the beginning of early
  voting by mail for the election in which the lists are to be used.
  If those lists do not contain the names of all voters who will be
  eligible to vote as of the beginning of early voting by personal
  appearance, another set of the appropriate lists shall be delivered
  before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance. If
  those lists do not contain the names of all voters whose
  registrations will be effective on election day, another set of the
  appropriate lists shall be delivered as soon as practicable after
  the secretary of state [registrar] has processed the remaining
  applications.
         SECTION 2.03.  Sections 18.043(a) and (c), Election Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The [At the times prescribed by the] secretary of
  state[, the registrar] shall produce [deliver to the secretary] a
  statement containing the voter registration information determined
  [by the secretary] to be necessary to comply with reporting
  requirements prescribed under federal law.
         (c)  The secretary of state [registrar] shall maintain the
  information required for the statements in accordance with
  procedures prescribed by this section [the secretary of state].
         SECTION 2.04.  Section 18.061(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  Under procedures prescribed by the secretary of state,
  the Department of Public Safety and each voter registrar shall
  provide to the secretary of state on an expedited basis the
  information necessary to maintain the registration list
  established under Subsection (a). The procedures shall provide for
  the electronic submission of the information.
         SECTION 2.05.  Section 18.066(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  Information furnished under this section may not
  include:
               (1)  a voter's social security number; or
               (2)  the residence address of a voter who is a federal
  judge or state judge, as defined by Section 13.0021, or the spouse
  of a federal judge or state judge, if the voter included an
  affidavit with the voter's registration application under Section
  13.0021 or the secretary of state [applicable registrar] has
  received an affidavit submitted under Section 15.0215.
         SECTION 2.06.  Section 63.0011(e), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (e)  The voter registrar shall retain each statement of
  residence on file [with the voter's voter registration
  application].
         SECTION 2.07.  Section 101.055(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  Under procedures prescribed by the secretary of state,
  the secretary of state [The registrar] shall register the person at
  the address provided under Subsection (b) unless that address no
  longer is recognized as a residential address, in which event the
  secretary of state [registrar] shall assign the person to an
  address [under procedures prescribed by the secretary of state].
         SECTION 2.08.  Section 112.012, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 112.012.  NOTIFICATION TO SECRETARY OF STATE [VOTER
  REGISTRAR]. Not later than the 30th day after receipt of an
  application for a limited ballot, the early voting clerk shall
  notify the secretary of state [voter registrar for the voter's
  former county of residence] that the voter has applied for a limited
  ballot.
  ARTICLE 3. VOTER REGISTRATION AGENCIES
         SECTION 3.01.  Section 20.008, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 20.008.  ASSISTANCE BY SECRETARY OF STATE [OR
  REGISTRAR]. If a question arises concerning voter registration
  that an agency employee cannot answer, the employee shall provide
  the person[:
               [(1)] the toll-free telephone number of the Elections
  Division of the Office of the Secretary of State[; and
               [(2)   the telephone number of the voter registrar to
  whom registration applications are submitted].
         SECTION 3.02.  Sections 20.033, 20.034, and 20.035, Election
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 20.033.  EFFECT OF SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION TO
  EMPLOYEE. The date of submission of a completed registration
  application to the agency employee is considered to be the date of
  submission to the secretary of state [voter registrar] for the
  purpose of determining the effective date of registration only.
         Sec. 20.034.  SUBMISSION TO REGISTRAR BY APPLICANT. (a) The
  applicant may keep the registration application form or the
  completed application to submit the application personally to the
  secretary of state or to the voter registrar of the county in which
  the applicant resides.
         (b)  The agency employee shall enter on the declination of
  registration form a notation that after being given the opportunity
  to register, the applicant kept the application or application form
  for personal submission of the application to the secretary of
  state [registrar].
         Sec. 20.035.  DELIVERY OF APPLICATIONS TO SECRETARY OF STATE
  [REGISTRAR]. (a) The agency shall deliver to the secretary of
  state [voter registrar of the county in which the agency office is
  located] each completed registration application submitted to an
  agency employee.
         (b)  An application shall be delivered to the secretary of
  state [registrar] not later than the fifth day after the date the
  application is submitted to the employee.
         SECTION 3.03.  Section 20.037(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  An application form delivered by mail must be
  accompanied by a notice informing the applicant that the
  application may be submitted in person or by mail to the secretary
  of state or to the voter registrar of the county in which the
  applicant resides [or in person to a volunteer deputy registrar for
  delivery to the voter registrar of the county in which the applicant
  resides].
         SECTION 3.04.  Section 20.061, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 20.061.  APPLICABILITY OF OTHER PROVISIONS. The other
  provisions of this chapter apply to the Department of Public Safety
  except provisions that conflict with this subchapter or Section
  13.009.
         SECTION 3.05.  Section 20.062(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  The department shall prescribe and use a change of
  address form and procedure that combines department and voter
  registration functions. The form must allow a licensee or
  cardholder to indicate that [whether] the change of address is not
  [also to be used] for voter registration purposes.
         SECTION 3.06.  Section 20.063, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 20.063.  REGISTRATION PROCEDURES. (a)  The Department
  of Public Safety shall consider an application made in person, by
  mail, or online at the department's Internet website [provide to
  each person who applies in person at the department's offices] for
  an original or renewal of a driver's license, a personal
  identification card, or a duplicate or corrected license or card by
  a person who is eligible to vote as provided by Section 13.001 an
  application for [opportunity to complete a] voter registration.
  The date of application is considered to be the date of submission
  to the secretary of state for the purpose of determining the
  effective date of registration [application form].
         (b)  The Department of Public Safety shall consider a change
  of address that relates to [When the department processes] a
  license or card and that is submitted to [for renewal by mail,] the
  department [shall deliver to the applicant by mail a voter
  registration application form.
         [(c)     A change of address that relates to a license or card
  and that is submitted to the department] in person, [or] by mail, or
  online at the department's Internet website [serves] as a change in
  [of address for] voter registration [unless the licensee or
  cardholder indicates that the change is not for voter registration
  purposes]. The date of submission of a change of address to a
  department employee is considered to be the date of submission to
  the secretary of state [voter registrar] for the purpose of
  determining the effective date of registration [only].
         (c)  The registration of an eligible [(d)  If a completed]
  voter as required by Subsections (a) and (b) is automatic unless the
  person indicates that the transaction is not for voter
  registration purposes [application submitted to a department
  employee does not include the applicant's correct driver's license
  number or personal identification card number, a department
  employee shall enter the appropriate information on the
  application. If a completed application does not include the
  applicant's correct residence address or mailing address, a
  department employee shall obtain the appropriate information from
  the applicant and enter the information on the application].
         SECTION 3.07.  Section 20.065(b), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  Each weekday the department is regularly open for
  business, the department shall electronically transfer to the
  secretary of state the name and information designated by the
  secretary of state for [of each person who completes a] voter
  registration for each individual who is eligible to vote as
  provided by Section 13.001 and applies in person, by mail, or online
  at the department's Internet website for an original or renewal of a
  driver's license, a personal identification card, or a duplicate or
  corrected license or card [application submitted to the
  department].  The secretary shall prescribe procedures necessary to
  implement this subsection.
         SECTION 3.08.  Subchapter C, Chapter 20, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 20.067 and 20.068 to read as follows:
         Sec. 20.067.  AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION BEFORE TIME FOR RENEWAL
  OR CHANGE OF ADDRESS. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b),
  not later than March 15 of each odd-numbered year, the Department of
  Public Safety shall submit a voter registration application to the
  secretary of state on behalf of a current holder of a driver's
  license or personal identification card who is eligible to vote as
  provided by Section 13.001 but who did not register to vote at the
  time the person submitted an application form for a license or card
  and who submitted an application form for a license or card on or
  after January 1, 2013.
         (b)  Not later than January 1 of each odd-numbered year, the
  department must notify each person described by Subsection (a) that
  the department will submit the person's voter registration
  application to the secretary of state. The notice must include a
  declination of registration form prepared so that it may be mailed
  free of United States postage and indicate that the form must be
  received by the department on or before March 1 of the year in which
  the notice is delivered or the department will submit the person's
  application for voter registration to the secretary of state.
         Sec. 20.068.  PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. The Department of Public
  Safety and the secretary of state shall develop printed materials
  and a public service announcement to inform the public about
  automatic voter registration.
         SECTION 3.09.  Section 20.122(c), Election Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The application forms must be accompanied by a notice
  informing the licensees that the applications may be submitted in
  person or by mail to the secretary of state or to the voter
  registrar of the county in which they reside [or in person to a
  volunteer deputy registrar for delivery to the voter registrar of
  the county in which they reside].
  ARTICLE 4. DRIVER'S LICENSES AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION
  CERTIFICATES
         SECTION 4.01.  Section 521.101(f), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (f)  A personal identification certificate:
               (1)  for an applicant who is a citizen, national, or
  legal permanent resident of the United States or a refugee or asylee
  lawfully admitted into the United States, [:
                     [(A)] expires on a date specified by the
  department [if the applicant is younger than 60 years of age; or
                     [(B)     does not expire if the applicant is 60 years
  of age or older]; or
               (2)  for an applicant not described by Subdivision (1),
  expires on:
                     (A)  the earlier of:
                           (i)  a date specified by the department; or
                           (ii)  the expiration date of the applicant's
  authorized stay in the United States; or
                     (B)  the first anniversary of the date of
  issuance, if there is no definite expiration date for the
  applicant's authorized stay in the United States.
         SECTION 4.02.  Section 521.422(a), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The fee for a personal identification certificate is:
               (1)  waived for an individual eligible to register to
  vote under Section 13.001, Election Code;
               (2)  $15 for a person under 60 years of age;
               (3) [(2)]  $5 for a person 60 years of age or older; and
               (4) [(3)]  $20 for a person subject to the registration
  requirements under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure.
  ARTICLE 5. REPEALER; EFFECTIVE DATE
         SECTION 5.01.  The following provisions of the Election Code
  are repealed:
               (1)  Section 12.002;
               (2)  Section 12.005;
               (3)  Section 12.006;
               (4)  Subchapter B, Chapter 13;
               (5)  Section 13.072(d);
               (6)  Section 13.121(c);
               (7)  Section 20.064; and
               (8)  Sections 20.065(a) and (c).
         SECTION 5.02.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
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