URGENT: Calls needed for election integrity
With only 19 days left in the legislative session, four Senate bills needed to ensure election integrity await a hearing in the House. These bills need your urgent support.
All of the bills (listed below) have passed the Senate but need to be set for a hearing in the House. House Elections Committee Chairwoman Klick, despite having the power to call all of these bills for multiple weeks, has failed to take action. The clock is running out on these crucial reforms.
Please call Chairwoman Klick and ask her to add SB 9, SB 901, and SB 903 by Senator Hughes and SB 205 by Perry to her hearing list for May 13th. Please remember to always be polite when calling.
If you have time, call other members of the Elections Committee and implore them to call on Chairwoman Klick to act immediately. Contact information is listed below.
Waiting for Committee Hearing in House:
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 curbing all aspects of election fraud. It doesn’t fix everything, which is why we need additional bills, but it is a huge step in the right direction.
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 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, raises penalties, and requires that ballots cast by mail are 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, hold voter registrars accountable with civil penalties, and requires the reporting of violations (people voting illegally) to the Office of the Attorney General.
House Elections Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Klick
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0599
Representative Dustin Burrows
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0542
Representative Briscoe Cain
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0733
Representative Mayes Middleton
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0502
Representative Valoree Swanson
Capitol Office: (512) 463-0572