Voting Legislation

Registered voters in 96 Texas counties cast ballots at vote centers on election day. Scrapping that option could have costly implications.

The price tag could reach $300 million, says a top state election official. The legislature has allocated $0 — and set a two-year deadline.

Trump says Republicans need to pay more attention to the issue. Parties have been saying this throughout American history.

A bill would have enabled the state to automatically update a voter’s registration after they changed their driver’s license address. To some, that sounded like automatic voter registration.

The law, passed unanimously by Republicans, requires counties that offer countywide voting to increase the number of locations — a nearly impossible challenge in some areas.

The law signed this week is the first in the nation and expands the Department of Corrections’ current effort to restore voting rights to returning citizens.

After a contentious session, the measure setting the primary for April 2 goes to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.

Lawmakers propose amendments to a bill that would move the state’s 2024 primary, including provisions for ballot curing and pre-processing mail ballots.

At hearing, election officials and advocates describe recent threats that risk driving election workers from their jobs.

The Republican-passed Senate Bill 1 added restrictions to voting that plaintiffs say disproportionately affect voters of color.

Officials previously could locate a single voting site to serve multiple small precincts. Now some counties will need to double their number of sites.

Legislation applauded by voting rights activists would mandate Department of Corrections to provide people who have served their sentences with ID and voter registration materials.

Number of days could range from nine to 29, with polling places scattered throughout a city or a single location shared across a county. 

A bill Republicans shaped behind closed doors directs the state to investigate and supervise the county’s election administration, even targeting officials for removal.

Teens who “preregister” to vote become automatically eligible on their 18th birthday. Democrats’ proposal would lower the age when youth could sign up.

The House and Senate reach a compromise on differing versions of HB 1243, agreeing to keep protection for ineligible voters who cast ballots by mistake.

The Senate and House bills had differed on whether someone should be punished for voting by mistake. Now the two chambers must reach an agreement.

Bill rooted in conspiracy theories about the multi-state program for cleaning voter rolls approved by the House and Senate.

Harris County leaders say state’s new oversight laws would set a “dangerous precedent” and may challenge the effort in court.

The bill motivated by conspiracy theories about the voter-roll-checking program nearly died this week in the legislature. Now it’s back, and awaits an uncertain vote.