Bill Text: TX HB463 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to ineligibility to serve as a poll watcher.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-05-04 - Postponed 6/1/21 10:00 AM [HB463 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB463-Comm_Sub.html
  87R16498 MLH-F
 
  By: Shaheen, Swanson H.B. No. 463
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 463:
 
  By:  Schofield C.S.H.B. No. 463
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to ineligibility to serve as a poll watcher.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 33.006(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A certificate of appointment must:
               (1)  be in writing and signed by the appointing
  authority or, for an appointment for a write-in candidate under
  Section 33.004, by each of the voters making the appointment;
               (2)  indicate the capacity in which the appointing
  authority is acting;
               (3)  state the name, residence address, and voter
  registration number of the appointee and be signed by the
  appointee;
               (4)  identify the election and the precinct polling
  place or other location at which the appointee is to serve;
               (5)  in an election on a measure, identify the measure
  if more than one is to be voted on and state which side of the
  measure the appointee represents; and
               (6)  contain an affidavit executed by the appointee
  stating that the appointee:
                     (A)  will not have possession of a device capable
  of recording images or sound or that the appointee will disable or
  deactivate the device while serving as a watcher; and
                     (B)  has not been finally convicted of a felony of
  the first or second degree or an offense in connection with conduct
  directly attributable to an election.
         SECTION 2.  Section 33.035, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 33.035.  INELIGIBILITY OF PERSON CONVICTED OF CERTAIN
  OFFENSES [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 of the first or second degree; or
               (2)  an offense in connection with conduct directly
  attributable to an election.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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