Bill Text: TX HB3302 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the order of names of certain candidates on a ballot.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-15 - Left pending in committee [HB3302 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB3302-Introduced.html
  87R6289 TSS-D
 
  By: Landgraf H.B. No. 3302
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the order of names of certain candidates on a ballot.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 2.002(d), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (d)  The order of the candidates' names on each [the] ballot
  shall be determined in the same manner as the [relative] order of
  names on the original ballot.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 52.094(a) and (b), Election Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as otherwise provided by law, for an election at
  which the names of more than one candidate for the same office are
  to appear on the ballot in an independent column or are to appear on
  a general or special election ballot that does not contain a party
  nominee, the order of the candidates' names on each ballot shall be
  randomly determined [by a drawing]. The order of the candidates'
  names on each [the] ballot of any resulting runoff election or
  election held to resolve a tie vote shall be determined in the same
  manner as the [relative] order of names on the original election
  ballot.
         (b)  The secretary of state may adopt rules necessary to
  implement this section [authority responsible for having the
  official ballot prepared for the election shall conduct the
  drawing].
         SECTION 3.  Section 203.013(h), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (h)  The order of the candidates' names on each [the] runoff
  election ballot shall be determined in the same manner as the
  [relative] order of names on the original expedited election
  ballot.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 52.094(c), (d), and (e), Election Code,
  are repealed.
         SECTION 5.  This Act applies only to an election ordered on
  or after September 1, 2022. An election ordered before September 1,
  2022, is governed by the law as it existed immediately before the
  effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for
  that purpose.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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