Bill Text: TX HB508 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to automatic voter registration of students enrolled in public institutions of higher education.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-20 - Referred to Elections [HB508 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB508-Introduced.html
  86R4365 SRS-D
 
  By: Thierry H.B. No. 508
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to automatic voter registration of students enrolled in
  public institutions of higher education.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 13, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 13.009 to read as follows:
         Sec. 13.009.  VOTER REGISTRATION THROUGH INSTITUTIONS OF
  HIGHER EDUCATION. (a)  The voter registrar of each county shall
  automatically register any county resident who is eligible to vote
  as provided by Section 13.001 and is enrolled in an institution of
  higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code.
         (b)  A student's application for enrollment in an
  institution of higher education with an indication provided by
  Section 20.133(b) that the enrollment is not for voter registration
  purposes is not subject to this section.
         (c)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules and prescribe
  procedures for the implementation of this section.
         SECTION 2.  Section 20.001, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  Each institution of higher education, as defined by
  Section 61.003, Education Code, is designated as a voter
  registration agency. 
         SECTION 3.  Chapter 20, Election Code, is amended by adding
  Subchapter F to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER F. INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
         Sec. 20.131.  DEFINITION.  In this subchapter, "institution
  of higher education" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003,
  Education Code.
         Sec. 20.132.  APPLICABILITY OF OTHER PROVISIONS. The other
  provisions of this chapter apply to an institution of higher
  education except provisions that conflict with this subchapter or
  Section 13.009. 
         Sec. 20.133.  REGISTRATION PROCEDURES. (a) An institution
  of higher education shall consider each person of voting age who
  enrolls at the institution an applicant for voter registration,
  except as otherwise indicated by the person.
         (b)  An institution of higher education shall prescribe and
  use a form and procedure that combines the institution's
  application for enrollment with an officially prescribed voter
  registration application form.  The form and procedure must include
  the option for an applicant to provide an appropriate address at the
  time of enrollment in the institution.  The form must allow an
  applicant to indicate that the applicant does not wish the
  applicant's enrollment to be used for voter registration purposes.
         (c)  The design, content, and physical characteristics of
  the institution's forms must be approved by the secretary of state.
         Sec. 20.134.  RULES. The secretary of state shall prescribe
  additional procedures as necessary to implement this subchapter.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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