Bill Text: TX SB1675 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to procedures for early voting by mail.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 12-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-12 - Reported favorably w/o amendment(s) [SB1675 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SB1675-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Campbell, et al. S.B. No. 1675
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to procedures for early voting by mail.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 81, Election Code, is amended by adding
  Section 81.006 to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.006.  MODIFICATION OF EARLY VOTING BY MAIL
  QUALIFICATIONS AND PROCEDURES. Except as specifically permitted by
  statute, the qualifications for early voting by mail and procedures
  for conducting early voting by mail may not be amended or suspended
  for any reason.
         SECTION 2.  Section 418.016, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (i) to read as follows:
         (i)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a) and except as provided
  by this subsection, the governor may not suspend a provision of a
  statute, an order, or a rule under this section if the provision,
  order, or rule is related to the qualifications or procedures for
  early voting by mail. Upon declaration of a state of disaster, the
  governor may suspend Section 86.006(a-1), Election Code, only for
  the purpose of allowing a voter registered to vote at an address
  located in a disaster area to deliver a marked ballot voted under
  Section 86.006(a-1) to the early voting clerk's office on or before
  election day.
         SECTION 3.  Section 418.108, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (j) to read as follows:
         (j)  The presiding officer of the governing body of a
  political subdivision may not suspend a provision of a statute,
  rule, or order under this section if the statute, rule, or order is
  related to the qualifications or procedures for early voting by
  mail.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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