Bill Text: TX SB1822 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to dates of certain elections to be held in 2022.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-04-13 - Referred to Redistricting [SB1822 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SB1822-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Huffman S.B. No. 1822
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to dates of certain elections to be held in 2022.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 41, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 41.0075 to read as follows:
         Sec. 41.0075.  PRIMARY ELECTION: TEMPORARY PROVISION.  (a)  
  This section supersedes any conflicting statute with respect to a
  primary election to be held in 2022.
         (b)  For the purposes of this section, a redistricting plan
  "becomes law" on the earlier of:
               (1)  the date the governor signs an Act of the 87th
  Legislature relating to the composition of the State Board of
  Education, state legislative, or federal congressional districts;
  or
               (2)  the date on which the time for gubernatorial
  action on an Act of the 87th Legislature relating to the composition
  of the State Board of Education, state legislative, or federal
  congressional districts expires under Section 14, Article IV, Texas
  Constitution.
         (c)  If a redistricting plan adopted following the 2020
  federal census by the legislature under Section 28, Article III,
  Texas Constitution, that includes a State Board of Education, state
  legislative, or federal congressional district becomes law:
               (1)  on or before November 22, 2021, the following
  dates related to the primary election for the election of officers
  for the district shall apply:
                     (A)  an application for a place on the general
  primary election ballot must be filed not earlier than November 29,
  2021, and not later than 6 p.m. on December 13, 2021;
                     (B)  the general primary election date is March 1,
  2022; and
                     (C)  the runoff primary election date is May 24,
  2022;
               (2)  after November 22, 2021, and on or before January
  3, 2022, the following dates related to the primary election for the
  election of officers for the district shall apply:
                     (A)  an application for a place on the general
  primary election ballot must be filed not earlier than January 10,
  2022, and not later than 6 p.m. on January 24, 2022;
                     (B)  the general primary election date is April 5,
  2022; and
                     (C)  the runoff primary election date is June 21,
  2022; and
               (3)  after January 3, 2022, and on or before February
  14, 2022, the following dates related to the primary election for
  the election of officers for the district shall apply:
                     (A)  an application for a place on the general
  primary election ballot must be filed not earlier than February 21,
  2022, and not later than 6 p.m. on March 7, 2022;
                     (B)  the general primary election date is May 24,
  2022; and
                     (C)  the runoff primary election date is July 26,
  2022.
         (d)  If a plan for a State Board of Education, state
  legislative, or federal congressional district becomes law on dates
  included under more than one subdivision of Subsection (c), the
  date provided for the filing period applicable to the effective
  date of each plan applies, but the latest date provided for the date
  of the general and runoff primary elections of all of the
  subdivisions applicable to the effective date of a plan shall
  apply. The county chair shall conduct the drawing to determine the
  order of the candidates' names on the general primary election
  ballot in accordance with Section 172.082(c) after the date of the
  latest applicable filing deadline.
         (e)  If a redistricting plan to which this section applies
  has not become law on or before February 14, 2022, the general and
  runoff primary elections for the election of officers for each
  district for which a plan has become law shall be held on the dates
  provided by Subsection (c)(3). The secretary of state shall set the
  dates of the filing period and the general and runoff primary
  elections for the election of officers of any district for which a
  plan has not become law on or before February 14, 2022. In setting
  dates under this section, the secretary of state shall ensure the
  efficient and orderly administration of elections and shall, to the
  extent practicable, set dates in a manner that allows the same
  interval of time in relation to the date of the election as would be
  provided by the application of other law.
         (f)  A date set for the general primary election under
  Subsection (c) or (d) shall be the date of any general or primary
  election held under this code. If Subsection (e) applies, any
  general or primary election held under this code and for which the
  date will not be set by the secretary of state under Subsection (e)
  shall be held in accordance with Subsection (c)(3).
         (g)  Except as provided by this section, the secretary of
  state shall adjust the schedule for canvassing election returns,
  declaring results, or performing any other official act relating to
  an election held on a date under this section as necessary for the
  efficient and orderly administration of the election.  To the
  extent practicable, the secretary of state shall adjust schedules
  under this subsection in a manner that allows the same interval of
  time in relation to the date of the election as would be provided by
  the application of other law.
         (h)  This section expires January 1, 2023.
         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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