Bill Text: TX SB172 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to electronic voter registration.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-13 - Co-author authorized [SB172 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SB172-Introduced.html
  87R1778 ADM-D
 
  By: Miles S.B. No. 172
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to electronic voter registration.
         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.  ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION. (a) The
  secretary of state shall implement a program to allow a person who
  has a valid driver's license or personal identification card issued
  in this state to complete a voter registration application over the
  Internet from the official website of this state and the websites of
  the secretary of state, the Department of Public Safety, and
  counties participating in the program.
         (b)  An applicant for electronic voter registration must:
               (1)  attest to the truth of the information provided on
  the application by affirmatively accepting the information as true;
  and
               (2)  affirmatively consent to the use of the address
  and signature on the applicant's driver's license or personal
  identification card for voter registration purposes.
         (c)  For each application submitted, the program shall
  require that a digital copy of the applicant's signature be
  obtained from the Department of Public Safety.
         (d)  An application submitted under this section is
  considered for all purposes as an application submitted by mail
  under this title.
         (e)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section, including rules to provide for additional
  security measures necessary to ensure the accuracy and integrity of
  applications submitted electronically.
         (f)  The rules adopted under Subsection (e) must require that
  each Internet website through which a person may complete a voter
  registration application include a description of the offense
  described by Section 13.007 in a conspicuous location on the
  website near the place where the person begins or submits the
  application.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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