Bill Text: TX HB3297 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to election integrity and the prevention of fraud in the conduct of an election; creating criminal offenses; increasing a criminal penalty.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-29 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB3297 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB3297-Comm_Sub.html
 
 
  By: Allison H.B. No. 3297
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 3297:
 
  By:  Cain C.S.H.B. No. 3297
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to election integrity and the prevention of fraud in the
  conduct of an election; creating criminal offenses; increasing a
  criminal penalty.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 13.007, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a), (b) and (c) to read as follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person:
               (1)  knowingly makes a false statement; or
               (2)  requests, commands, coerces, or attempts to induce
  another person to make a false statement on a registration
  application.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
         (c)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this
  section also constitutes an offense under another law, the actor
  may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both [For
  purposes of this code, an offense under this section is considered
  to be perjury, but may be prosecuted only under this section].
         SECTION 2.  Section 64.012, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to read as
  follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person:
               (1)  votes or attempts to vote in an election in which
  the person knows the person is not eligible to vote;
               (2)  knowingly votes or attempts to vote more than once
  in an election;
               (3)  knowingly votes or attempts to vote a ballot
  belonging to another person, or by impersonating another person;
  [or]
               (4)  knowingly marks or attempts to mark any portion of
  another person 's ballot without the consent of that person, or
  without specific direction from that person how to mark the ballot;
  or
               (5)  knowingly votes or attempts to vote in an election
  in this state after voting in another state in an election in which
  a federal office appears on the ballot and the election day for both
  states is the same day.
         (c)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this
  section also constitutes an offense under another law, the actor
  may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.
         SECTION 3.  Sections 276.013(a) and (b), Election Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or
  intentionally makes any effort to:
               (1)  influence the independent exercise of the vote of
  another in the presence of the ballot or during the voting process;
               (2)  cause a voter to become registered, a ballot to be
  obtained, or a vote to be cast under false pretenses;
               (3)  cause any false or intentionally misleading
  statement, representation, or information to be provided:
                     (A)  to an election official; or
                     (B)  on an application for ballot by mail, carrier
  envelope, or any other official election-related form or document;
               (4)  causes the ballot not to reflect the intent of the
  voter;
               (5)  count invalid votes or alter a report to include
  invalid votes;
               (6)  fail to count valid votes or alter a report to
  exclude valid votes;
               (7)  cause a ballot to be voted for another person that
  the person knows to be deceased, or otherwise knows not to be a
  qualified or registered voter;
               (8)  vote more than once in the same election; or
               (9)  discard or destroy a voter's completed ballot
  without the voter's consent.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor:
               (1)  except that an offense under this section is a
  state jail felony if the person committed the offense while acting
  in their capacity as an election official; or
               (2)  unless the person is convicted of an attempt. In
  that case, the offense is a Class B misdemeanor.
         SECTION 4.  Chapter 276, Election Code, is amended by adding
  Section 276.018 to read as follows:
         Sec. 276.018.  PERJURY IN CONNECTION WITH CERTAIN ELECTION
  PROCEDURES. (a) A person commits an offense if, with the intent to
  deceive, the person makes a false statement or swears to the truth
  of a false statement:
               (1)  on a registration application; or
               (2)  previously made while taking an oath, or making a
  declaration or affidavit prescribed by this code.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a state jail felony.
         SECTION 5.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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