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Senate Bill 9 is set to be debated on the floor of the Senate in the coming week and State Senators need to hear from voters to make sure the bill is brought up and passed.

One important feature of the bill is the requirement that a paper audit trail be produced for elections. Section 5.02 of the bill (link to the bill). Amends Subchapter A, Chapter 129, Election Code, by adding Section 129.003, as follows: PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED.

Currently, Texas’ most populous counties are in the process of updating voting systems to include paper ballot backups. These backups would be produced for review by voters after their votes have been entered into an electronic machine.

Some systems count both the electronic votes and the paper ballots so they can be compared to ensure there has been no malfunction or tampering with results. In either case, a paper trail exists, is being mandated and would be viewable by the voter at the time their ballot is cast.

Bills in the both the Senate and the House have been introduced that would provide state funding to offset the cost of updating voting systems, covering up to 50% of the cost to purchase the updated tech.

Direct Action Texas supports SB9.

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