Bill Text: TX SB1114 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to verification of the citizenship status of certain registered voters.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 8-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-04 - Reported favorably w/o amendment(s) [SB1114 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SB1114-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Bettencourt, et al. S.B. No. 1114
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to verification of the citizenship status of certain
  registered voters.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 16.0332, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (a-1), (d), and (e)
  to read as follows:
         (a)  After the registrar receives notification [a list]
  under Subsection (a-1) of this section, Section 18.068 of this
  code, or Section 62.113, Government Code, of persons excused or
  disqualified from jury service because of citizenship status or
  notification of persons who have indicated a lack of citizenship
  status in connection with a motor vehicle or Department of Public
  Safety record, the registrar shall deliver to each registered voter
  whose name appears on the list a written notice requiring the voter
  to submit to the registrar proof of United States citizenship in the
  form of a certified copy of the voter's birth certificate, United
  States passport, or certificate of naturalization or any other form
  prescribed by the secretary of state.  The notice shall be delivered
  by forwardable mail to the mailing address on the voter's
  registration application and to any new address of the voter known
  to the registrar.
         (a-1)  The secretary of state shall enter into an agreement
  with the Department of Public Safety under which information in the
  statewide computerized voter registration list is compared against
  information in the database of the Department of Public Safety on a
  monthly basis to verify the accuracy of citizenship status
  information provided on voter registration applications. The
  information compared must include, at a minimum, a voter's:
               (1)  full legal name;
               (2)  former name, if applicable;
               (3)  date of birth;
               (4)  residence address;
               (5)  driver's license or state identification card
  number;
               (6)  social security number;
               (7)  documentation of lawful presence in this state;
  and
               (8)  citizenship status.
         (d)  The secretary of state shall prescribe rules for the
  administration of this section.
         (e)  Not later than December 31 of each year, the secretary
  of state shall provide a report to the legislature of the number of
  voter registrations canceled under this section during the calendar
  year.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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