Bill Text: TX HB70 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2017-02-13 - Referred to Elections [HB70 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB70-Introduced.html
  85R132 JRJ-D
 
  By: Minjarez H.B. No. 70
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a
  driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public
  Safety.
         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 DEPARTMENT OF
  PUBLIC SAFETY. (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:
               (1)  is issued a Texas driver's license or a personal
  identification card by the Department of Public Safety; or
               (2)  makes a change to a Texas driver's license or
  personal identification card issued by the Department of Public
  Safety.
         (b)  A driver's license or personal identification card
  transaction with an indication provided by Section 20.062(b) or
  20.063(c) that the transaction is not for voter registration
  purposes is not subject to this section.
         SECTION 2.  Section 20.061, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 20.061.  APPLICABILITY OF OTHER PROVISIONS. The other
  provisions of this chapter apply to the Department of Public Safety
  except provisions that conflict with this subchapter or Section
  13.009.
         SECTION 3.  Section 20.062(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  The department shall prescribe and use a change of
  address form and procedure that combines department and voter
  registration functions. The form must allow a licensee or
  cardholder to indicate that [whether] the change of address is not
  [also to be used] for voter registration purposes.
         SECTION 4.  Section 20.063, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 20.063.  REGISTRATION PROCEDURES. (a)  The Department
  of Public Safety shall consider an application made in person, by
  mail, or online at the department's Internet website [provide to
  each person who applies in person at the department's offices] for
  an original or renewal of a driver's license, a personal
  identification card, or a duplicate or corrected license or card by
  a person who is eligible to vote as provided by Section 13.001 an
  application for [opportunity to complete a] voter registration.
  The date of application is considered to be the date of submission
  to the voter registrar for the purpose of determining the effective
  date of registration [application form].
         (b)  The Department of Public Safety shall consider a change
  of address that relates to [When the department processes] a
  license or card and that is submitted to [for renewal by mail,] the
  department [shall deliver to the applicant by mail a voter
  registration application form.
         [(c)     A change of address that relates to a license or card
  and that is submitted to the department] in person, [or] by mail, or
  online at the department's Internet website [serves] as a change in
  [of address for] voter registration [unless the licensee or
  cardholder indicates that the change is not for voter registration
  purposes]. The date of submission of a change of address to a
  department employee is considered to be the date of submission to
  the voter registrar for the purpose of determining the effective
  date of registration [only].
         (c)  The registration of an eligible [(d)  If a completed]
  voter as required by Subsections (a) and (b) is automatic unless the
  person indicates that the transaction is not for voter
  registration purposes [application submitted to a department
  employee does not include the applicant's correct driver's license
  number or personal identification card number, a department
  employee shall enter the appropriate information on the
  application. If a completed application does not include the
  applicant's correct residence address or mailing address, a
  department employee shall obtain the appropriate information from
  the applicant and enter the information on the application].
         SECTION 5.  Section 20.065(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  Each weekday the department is regularly open for
  business, the department shall electronically transfer to the
  secretary of state the name and information designated by the
  secretary of state for [of each person who completes a] voter
  registration for each individual who is eligible to vote as
  provided by Section 13.001 and applies in person, by mail, or online
  at the department's Internet website for an original or renewal of a
  driver's license, a personal identification card, or a duplicate or
  corrected license or card [application submitted to the
  department].  The secretary shall prescribe procedures necessary to
  implement this subsection.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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