Bill Text: TX HB4539 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to elections.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-26 - Referred to Elections [HB4539 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4539-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Klick H.B. No. 4539
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to elections.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 18.069, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 18.069.  VOTING HISTORY. (a) Not later than the 30th
  day after the date of the primary, runoff primary, or general
  election or any special election ordered by the governor, the
  registrar shall electronically submit to the secretary of state the
  record of each voter participating in the election.  The record must
  include a notation of whether the voter:
               (1)  voted on election day;[,]
               (2)  voted early by personal appearance;[,]
               (3)  voted early by mail under Chapter 86;[, or]
               (4)  voted early by mail under Chapter 101; or
               (5)  voted provisionally and the reason the voter cast
  a provisional ballot.
         (b)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules to implement
  this section.
         SECTION 2.  Section 33.035, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 33.035.  INELIGIBILITY OF PERSON CONVICTED OF ELECTION
  OFFENSE.  A person is ineligible to serve as a watcher in an
  election if the person has been finally convicted of:
               (1)  a felony; or
               (2)  an offense in connection with conduct directly
  attributable to an election.
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.014(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A person may not use any mechanical or electronic means
  to record [of recording] images or sound within 100 feet of a voting
  station except that a person occupying a voting station may use a
  mechanical or electronic device to photograph the person's
  completed ballot.
         SECTION 4.  Section 62.0111(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  The secretary of state shall prescribe the wording of a
  notice posted under this section, which may include a description
  of the exception provided by Section 61.014(b).
         SECTION 5.  Section 85.072, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  The early voting clerk shall provide a current copy of
  the register for posting on the Internet website of the authority
  ordering the election, if the authority maintains a website, each
  day early voting is conducted.  At a minimum, the voter registration
  number for each voter listed in the register must be posted.
         SECTION 6.  Title 16, Election Code, is amended by adding
  Chapter 279 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 279.  CYBERSECURITY OF ELECTION SYSTEMS
         Sec. 279.001.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "election data"
  means voter registration information and other election-related
  documents, systems, and technology.
         Sec. 279.002.  ELECTION CYBERSECURITY: SECRETARY OF
  STATE.  (a)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules establishing
  best practices for the electronic storage and security of election
  data.
         (b)  The secretary of state shall offer training on best
  practices:
               (1)  on an annual basis, to all appropriate personnel
  in the secretary of state's office; and
               (2)  on request, to county election officers in this
  state.
         (c)  If the secretary of state becomes aware of a breach of
  cybersecurity that impacts election data, the secretary shall
  immediately notify the members of the standing committees of each
  house of the legislature with jurisdiction over elections.
         Sec. 279.003.  ELECTION  CYBERSECURITY: VOTER REGISTRARS
  AND COUNTY CLERKS.  (a)  A voter registrar or county clerk shall
  request training on cybersecurity:
               (1)  from the secretary of state; and
               (2)  on an annual basis from another provider of
  cybersecurity training, if the registrar or clerk has available
  state funds for that purpose.
         (b)  If a voter registrar or county clerk becomes aware of a
  breach of cybersecurity that impacts election data, the registrar
  or clerk shall immediately notify the secretary of state.
         (c)  To the extent that state funds are available for the
  purpose, a voter registrar or county clerk shall implement endpoint
  security to ensure that all devices with access to election data
  comply to the highest extent possible with rules adopted by the
  secretary of state under Section 279.002.
         SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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