Call to Action!
Support These Seven Senate Bills!
There are seven Senate bills waiting in the House that need your support. They have all passed in the Senate and need to move in House. There are many other bills that have merit and are waiting to move, but these seven are of particular import.
We must urge House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and House Elections Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Klick to support these bills and move them through the process. Bill information and contact numbers are provided below. Please remember to always be polite when calling.
Waiting for Committee Assignment in House:
Contact House Speaker Bonnen and ask that these bills be assigned to the House Elections Committee ASAP.
Capitol Office: (512) 463-1000
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RepDennisBonnen/
SB 9 by Hughes – Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.
This is an omnibus bill with provisions aimed at curbing several types of election fraud. It doesn’t fix everything, which is why additional bills are needed, but it represents a step in the right direction.
SB 901 by Hughes – Relating to election integrity; increasing a criminal penalty.
This bill focuses mainly on mail-in ballot fraud. It cleans up the language in Texas’ election code, raises penalties, and requires that ballots cast by mail be counted separately.
SB 903 by Hughes – Relating to the integrity of elections in this state; imposing a civil penalty; increasing a criminal penalty.
This bill addresses removing felons from the voter rolls, tightens the requirements for verifying citizenship, requires data sharing with the Social Security Administration, holds voter registrars accountable with civil penalties and requires the reporting of violations (people voting illegally) to the Office of the Attorney General.
SB 1638 by Zaffirini – Relating to early voting procedures.
Similar to the SB 901, this bill requires that ballots cast by mail be counted separately. It also allows signature verification committees to compare carrier envelope signatures to each other. This protects against someone signing multiple carrier envelopes containing a ballot cast by mail. This applies to cases where the handwriting is the same on multiple ballot carrier envelopes.
Waiting for Committee Hearing in House:
Contact House Elections Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Klick and ask that these bills are given a hearing ASAP.
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0599
SB 205 by Perry – Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service.
This bill addresses non-citizens who self-identify as such when they are called to serve on jury duty. Not only are they removed from the rolls, but their names are given to the Office of the Attorney General to potentially prosecute if they have been voting illegally.
SB 902 by Hughes – Relating to public availability of election records.
This bill requires that all election records must be available to the public no later than 15 days after the election and for a cost of no more than $50. It also requires the availability of vote totals the day after the election, and early voting rosters by 11 am the following day, each day after early voting takes place. Another great part of this bill is that it requires that the countdown for a contest (30 days or less depending on the race) cannot begin until the election data is made available.
SB 1568 by Fallon – Relating to organized election fraud activity; imposing a civil penalty.
This bill would allow the Office of the Attorney General to pursue civil penalties against those engaged in organized election fraud. It is a tool to catch the bigger fish in an organized fraud ring. This would be beneficial in two ways. First, a conspiracy leading to the top operators is easier to prove in civil court as the standard is a preponderance of the evidence, not beyond a reasonable doubt. Secondly, while the wrongdoers would not be punished criminally, it would reduce their assets, making it more difficult to fund a harvesting operation.