Election legislation roundup: Texas House of Representatives

As of June 11, Ballotpedia has tracked 188 election-related bills in the Texas House of Representatives since the beginning of the year. Of the 188, Ballotpedia tracked two from June 5-11. Democrats sponsored one, while Republicans sponsored the other. The two bills are below:   

  • TX HB22: Relating to electronic voter registration, Rep. John Bucy (D).
    • As introduced, this bill: 
      • Establishes that the Secretary of State, Department of Public Safety, and Department of Information Resources will implement an official online voter registration application that will be on the official state website. 
      • Adds that a digital signature will be verified through the Department of Public Safety.  
  • TX HB32: Relating to the separation of federal elections from state and local elections, and to related practices and procedures, Rep. Mike Schofield (R).
    • As introduced, this bill:
      • Prohibits the listing of any propositions or elections for state or county office on the federal ballot.
      • Provides that federal elections and state elections may be held separately and concurrently using the same precincts and polling locations. 
      • Provides that the general primary election date for state and county officers is the first Tuesday in March in each even-numbered year.
      • Click the hyperlinked bill number above for more information.

During the week of June 5-11, Ballotpedia tracked 13 House election-related bills nationally. As of June 11, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,421 House bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the Texas House of Representatives with 188, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in Massachusetts and Ohio with one. 

As of June 11, Ballotpedia has tracked 625 House bills in Democratic trifectas and 621 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 175 House bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control. 

The Texas House was scheduled to be in regular 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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