Bill Text: TX HB4403 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to election integrity.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-26 - Referred to Elections [HB4403 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4403-Introduced.html
  86R11981 SRS-D
 
  By: Cain H.B. No. 4403
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to election integrity.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 11, Election Code, is amended by adding
  Section 11.0021 to read as follows:
         Sec. 11.0021.  MEASURES TO PREVENT NONCITIZEN VOTER
  REGISTRATION AND VOTING. Notwithstanding any other law, to ensure
  a person who is not a citizen of the United States may not register
  to vote or vote:
               (1)  at least twice each year, the secretary of state
  shall use the United States Department of Homeland Security
  database of noncitizens living in Texas to identify noncitizens
  whose voter registrations should be canceled and shall take all
  appropriate actions;
               (2)  the Department of Public Safety shall forward to
  the secretary of state the file of a person who applies for a Texas
  driver's license or identification card and provides on the
  application form that the person is not a citizen of the United
  States; and
               (3)  the secretary of state may audit a county's voter
  registration list to ensure a county complies with:
                     (A)  state law; and
                     (B)  the secretary of state's directives,
  including a requested deletion from a county's voter registration
  list.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 19.002(b) and (d), Election Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  After June 1 of each year, the secretary of state shall
  make payments pursuant to vouchers submitted by the registrar and
  approved by the secretary of state in amounts determined by the
  secretary of state based on the registrar's compliance with this
  code and the secretary of state's directives [that in the aggregate
  do not exceed the registrar's entitlement].  The secretary of state
  shall prescribe the procedures necessary to implement this
  subsection.
         (d)  The secretary of state may not make a payment under
  Subsection (b) if on June 1 of the year in which the payment is to be
  made the registrar is not in substantial compliance with this code
  or the secretary of state's directives [Section 15.083, 16.031,
  16.032, or 18.065 or with rules implementing the registration
  service program].
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter F, Chapter 32, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 32.116 to read as follows:
         Sec. 32.116.  ELECTION JUDGE TRAINING.  (a) The secretary of
  state shall create an examination of election law and procedures
  that a person must pass before serving as an election judge during
  early voting by personal appearance or on election day.  A county
  must maintain an election judge's completed examination for at
  least 24 months after the date of the election for which the person
  served as an election judge as evidence of the election judge's
  understanding of election law and procedures.
         (b)  The secretary of state shall prescribe any necessary
  rules and take any appropriate action to implement this section.
         SECTION 4.  Section 63.0013, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  The secretary of state shall investigate a voter who
  executed a declaration of reasonable impediment under Section
  63.001(i) with the Department of Public Safety's identification
  database to determine whether the voter has been issued a Texas
  driver's license or an identification card by the Department of
  Public Safety. For each match:
               (1)  the attorney general shall as appropriate
  prosecute the voter under this section or Chapter 37, Penal Code;
               (2)  the secretary of state shall make a notation on the
  statewide computerized voter registration list, and notify the
  appropriate county election officials, that the voter has, and to
  vote must use, an identification prescribed by Section 63.0101(a);
  and
               (3)  the attorney general shall report findings of the
  investigation under this section to the federal Fifth Circuit Court
  of Appeals.
         SECTION 5.  Sections 19.002(a) and 19.0025, Election Code,
  are repealed.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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