Election legislation roundup: Texas House of Representatives

As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 185 election-related bills in the Texas House of Representatives since the beginning of the year. Of the 185, Ballotpedia tracked eight from April 3-9. Republicans sponsored five, while Democrats sponsored three. Five of eight bills are below:   

  • TX HB3732: Relating to requiring voting systems to produce a paper receipt, Rep. Robert Guerra (D). 
    • As introduced, this bill prohibits a voting system from being used that does not produce a paper receipt for the voter with the information necessary to verify that the voter’s participation in the election is recorded accurately in the voter information databases. 
  • TX HB3736: Relating to a study by the secretary of state on the accuracy of the information contained in the statewide voter information database, Rep. Robert Guerra (D).
    • As introduced, this bill directs the secretary of state to conduct a study regarding the accuracy of the statewide computerized voter registration list and any related database.
  • TX HB1140: Relating to the voter identification required for submission of an early voting ballot by mail, Rep. Mike Schofield (R).
    • As introduced, this bill makes a technical correction in relation to the use of election identity certification cards for early voting by mail.
  • TX HB3046: Relating to the omission of a deceased candidate from the ballot in certain elections, Reps. Trent Ashby (R) and Kyle Kacal (R).
    • As introduced, this bill permits an election authority responsible for preparing the ballot to omit the candidate from the ballot if a candidate dies before the ballots are printed.
  • TX HB4152: Relating to the administration of a temporary restraining order under the Election Code, Rep. Mike Schofield (R).
    • A summary has not been provided yet.

During the week of April 3-9, Ballotpedia tracked 65 House election-related bills nationally. As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,360 House bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the Texas House of Representatives with 185, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in the Massachusetts House of Representatives with zero.

As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 609 House bills in Democratic trifectas and 596 House bills in Republican trifectas. A trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Ballotpedia has tracked 155 House bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control. 

The Texas House is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 10 to May 29 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked zero House bills related to election administration. Texas is a Republican trifecta.

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