ALAMO INCIDENT IN TEXAS!

Instead of a simple Run the Train thru the Halls of the Texas State Capitol, there was a sudden ALAMO INCIDENT. A Texas Democratic Walkout. Or was it INSURRECTION? TREASON? TREACHERY? What was it?

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! With all the BIG LIE Promotions that the Election Process was BROKEN in all 50 States. The only way to get your Voice heard is by having another ALAMO INCIDENT. And it happened.

Below is the Supposed SENATE BILL 7 that was an immediate Rally Cry for Trump at his Florida Golf Resort. Sir. We are with you all the way here in Texas.

But not everyone is running with Trump’s Big Lie. And most people wouldn’t either if they knew How he came up with it. And it is a BIG FAT LIE! It’s so damn Big that you’d thought it had been created in TEXAS. A Big Fat Texas Style Lie that has caused a Galvanized GOP not to even work with What America Wants. 92% of all Americans wanted the January 6 COMMISSION. That thing ain’t about Politics. People want a Truthful Accounting. What took place is one of the most troubling Events in out History. This is Not Servitude to Master Trump. But it appears to be. Is it?

But States all across America have rammed thru New Voting Laws after they once again are Submitting or Bowing to Master Trump. Or he might WHAT? WHAT MIGHT HE do to all these Scared Politicians if they don’t JUMP when he tells them to? Looks eerily like A Dictator to me. How about you? And he is know for his famous Tantrums. And somebody else was too in Germany.

And America is NOT HAPPY! BUT OUR UNHAPPINESS has been Birthed by ONE MAN and people believing whatever the shit he says. Jesus! Doesn’t it matter that he called on the phone in the early morning Hours to get Co-Conspirators in his BIG LIE Conspiracy before he went Public with it. Asking State Leaders if they were down for it. And if their People would buy into it. And then they all Chimed-in and he took the Big Lie Public. Yes, it was a covert effort. And still remains so. But now the Big Lie has been swallowed to the point that believers of it will never Admit anything else.

So, I make this Proposal-

Let Every American see Every single VOTE in the Presidential Election so that we all can come back to the same Table of Unity. Sure, a small number of Voting Screwups happen in every election. Some deliberate, but not the Huge Numbers that The Big Lie promotes that there was. But too many need a fresh Start where Truth can be found. The Truth. I want Total Transparency! And once done. If it proves one man is a Huge Liar, then he will Own that Title-The Biggest Liar of all times. And his doping Millions.

Texas has now proven it has Real Legislators who will Stand-Up to Injustice. They do not bend a knee or Bow to Trump. And They believe the New Voting Law not needed. How come our Voting was suddenly BROKEN in 2020. But good in 2016?

All Voting Systems were Fine in 2016 and yet, BROKEN in 2020. Man. That’s like feeding a kid a Bologna Sandwich and telling that kid that they were eating T-Bone Steak.

People want the entire sneaky Truths. They want Truths separated from Gossip.

Now one thing I found very disturbing with Texas Senate Bill 7. In other words, if your Mail-in Ballot gets delayed by the U.S. MAIL, Your VOTE WON’T COUNT! ITS DOWN THERE. please read it. It gets stick in a Locked Box only to be destroyed later.

(c)  If the return is not timely, the clerk shall enter the
 time of receipt on the carrier envelope and retain it in a locked
 container for the period for preserving the precinct election
 records. The clerk shall destroy the unopened envelope and its
 contents after the preservation period.

 
 
 By: Hughes, et al. S.B. No. 7
        (In the Senate – Filed March 11, 2021; March 11, 2021, read
 first time and referred to Committee on State Affairs;
 March 29, 2021, reported adversely, with favorable Committee
 Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 5, Nays 2; March 29, 2021,
 sent to printer.)
Click here to see the committee vote
 
 COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 7By:  Hughes
 
 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 AN ACT
 
 relating to elections, including election integrity and security;
 creating a criminal offense; providing civil penalties.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
 ARTICLE 1. VOTER REGISTRATION
        SECTION 1.01.  Chapter 42, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
 amended by adding Article 42.0194 to read as follows:
        Art. 42.0194.  FINDING REGARDING FELONY CONVICTION. In the
 trial of a felony offense, if the defendant is 18 years of age or
 older and is adjudged guilty of the offense, the court shall:
              (1)  make an affirmative finding that the person has
 been found guilty of a felony and enter the affirmative finding in
 the judgment of the case; and
              (2)  instruct the defendant regarding how the felony
 conviction will impact the defendant’s right to vote in this state.
        SECTION 1.02.  Section 13.002, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (c-1) to read as follows:
        (c-1)  A registration application must require the applicant
 to affirmatively indicate all information provided on the
 application.
        SECTION 1.03.  Section 15.028, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 15.028.  NOTICE OF UNLAWFUL VOTING OR REGISTRATION [TO
 PROSECUTOR]. [(a)] If the registrar determines that a person who
 is not eligible to vote may have registered to vote or [a registered
 voter] voted in an election, the registrar shall execute and
 deliver to the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the
 county or district attorney having jurisdiction in the territory
 covered by the election an affidavit stating the relevant facts.
        [(b)If the election covers territory in more than one
 county, the registrar shall also deliver an affidavit to the
 attorney general.]
        SECTION 1.04.  Section 16.0332(a), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (a)  After the registrar receives a list under Section 18.068
 of this code or Section 62.113, Government Code, of persons excused
 or disqualified from jury service or otherwise determined to be
 ineligible to vote because of citizenship status, the registrar
 shall deliver to each registered voter whose name appears on the
 list a written notice requiring the voter to submit to the registrar
 proof of United States citizenship in the form of a certified copy
 of the voter’s birth certificate, United States passport, or
 certificate of naturalization or any other form prescribed by the
 secretary of state.  The notice shall be delivered by forwardable
 mail to the mailing address on the voter’s registration application
 and to any new address of the voter known to the registrar.
        SECTION 1.05.  Section 18.065, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (e), (f), and (g) to
 read as follows:
        (a)  The secretary of state shall monitor each registrar for
 substantial compliance with Sections 15.083, 16.032, 16.0332, and
 18.061 and with rules implementing the statewide computerized voter
 registration list.
        (e)  If a registrar fails to correct a violation within 30
 days of a notice under Subsection (b), the secretary of state shall
 correct the violation on behalf of the registrar.
        (f)  A registrar is liable to this state for a civil penalty
 of $100 for each violation corrected by the secretary of state under
 Subsection (e). The attorney general may bring an action to recover
 a civil penalty imposed under this section.
        (g)  A civil penalty collected by the attorney general under
 this section shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit
 of the general revenue fund.
        SECTION 1.06.  The changes in law made by this article apply
 only to an application for voter registration submitted on or after
 the effective date of this Act.
 ARTICLE 2. VOTING BY MAIL
        SECTION 2.01.  Subchapter A, Chapter 84, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 84.0011 to read as follows:
        Sec. 84.0011.  SOLICITATION OF BALLOT BY MAIL APPLICATIONS
 PROHIBITED. The early voting clerk may make no attempt to solicit a
 person to complete an application for an early voting ballot by
 mail, whether directly or through a third party.
        SECTION 2.02.  Section 84.002, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
        (c)  An application for a ballot to be voted by mail on the
 ground of disability must require the applicant to affirmatively
 indicate that the applicant agrees with the statement “I have a
 sickness or physical condition that prevents me from appearing at
 the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing
 personal assistance or injuring my health,” as prescribed by
 Section 82.002(a).
        SECTION 2.03.  Section 84.011(a), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (a)  The officially prescribed application form for an early
 voting ballot must include:
              (1)  immediately preceding the signature space the
 statement: “I certify that the information given in this
 application is true, and I understand that giving false information
 in this application is a state jail felony [crime].”;
              (2)  a statement informing the applicant of the
 offenses prescribed by Sections 84.003 and 84.004;
              (3)  spaces for entering an applicant’s voter
 registration number and county election precinct of registration,
 with a statement informing the applicant that failure to furnish
 that information does not invalidate the application; and
              (4)  on an application for a ballot to be voted by mail:
                    (A)  a space for an applicant applying on the
 ground of absence from the county of residence to indicate the date
 on or after which the applicant can receive mail at the address
 outside the county;
                    (B)  a space for indicating the fact that an
 applicant whose application is signed by a witness cannot make the
 applicant’s mark and a space for indicating the relationship or
 lack of relationship of the witness to the applicant;
                    (C)  a space for entering an applicant’s telephone
 number, with a statement informing the applicant that failure to
 furnish that information does not invalidate the application;
                    (D)  a space or box for an applicant applying on
 the ground of age or disability to indicate that the address to
 which the ballot is to be mailed is the address of a facility or
 relative described by Section 84.002(a)(3), if applicable;
                    (E)  a space or box for an applicant applying on
 the ground of confinement in jail to indicate that the address to
 which the ballot is to be mailed is the address of a relative
 described by Section 84.002(a)(4), if applicable;
                    (F)  a space for an applicant applying on the
 ground of age or disability to indicate if the application is an
 application under Section 86.0015;
                    (G)  spaces for entering the signature, printed
 name, and residence address of any person assisting the applicant;
                    (H)  a statement informing the applicant of the
 condition prescribed by Section 81.005; and
                    (I)  a statement informing the applicant of the
 requirement prescribed by Section 86.003(c).
        SECTION 2.04.  Subchapter A, Chapter 84, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 84.0111 to read as follows:
        Sec. 84.0111.  PROHIBITION ON DISTRIBUTION OF APPLICATION
 FORM. (a) Unless authorized by this code, an officer or employee
 of this state or of a political subdivision of this state may not
 distribute an application form for an early voting ballot to a
 person who did not request an application under Section 84.001.
        (b)  An officer or employee of this state or of a political
 subdivision of this state may not use public funds to facilitate the
 distribution by another person of an application form for an early
 voting ballot to a person who did not request an application under
 Section 84.001.
        SECTION 2.05.  Section 84.035, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 84.035.  BALLOT SENT TO APPLICANT. (a) If the early
 voting clerk cancels an application by an applicant to whom an early
 voting ballot has been sent, the clerk shall:
              (1)  remove the applicant’s name from the early voting
 roster; and
              (2)  make any other entries in the records and take any
 other action necessary to prevent the ballot from being counted if
 returned.
        (b)  A person to whom an early voting ballot has been sent who
 cancels the person’s application for a ballot to be voted by mail in
 accordance with Section 84.032 but fails to return the ballot to be
 voted by mail to the early voting clerk, deputy early voting clerk,
 or presiding judge as provided by that section may only vote a
 provisional ballot under Section 63.011.
        SECTION 2.06.  Section 86.0015, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (b-3) to read as follows:
        (b-3)  An application for a ballot to be voted by mail on the
 ground of disability under this section must include or be
 accompanied by:
              (1)  written documentation from the United States
 Social Security Administration or the United States Department of
 Veterans Affairs evidencing that the applicant has been determined
 to have a disability; or
              (2)  a certificate of a licensed physician or
 chiropractor or accredited Christian Science practitioner in
 substantially the following form:
        “This is to certify that I personally know that __________
 has a sickness or physical condition that will prevent him or her
 from appearing at a polling place without a likelihood of needing
 personal assistance or of injuring his or her health.
        “Witness my hand at __________, Texas, this __________ day of
 __________, 20___.
 ________________________________
 (signature of physician,         
 chiropractor, or practitioner)   
 ________________________________
 (printed name of physician,      
 chiropractor, or practitioner)” 
        SECTION 2.07.  Section 86.006, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsections (a) and (e) and adding Subsection (a-2) to
 read as follows:
        (a)  A marked ballot voted under this chapter must be
 returned to the early voting clerk in the official carrier
 envelope. The carrier envelope may be delivered in another
 envelope and must be transported and delivered only by:
              (1)  mail;
              (2)  common or contract carrier; or
              (3)  subject to Subsections [Subsection] (a-1) and
 (a-2), in-person delivery by the voter who voted the ballot.
        (a-2)  An in-person delivery of a marked ballot voted under
 this chapter must be received at the time of delivery by a person. A
 ballot delivered in violation of this subsection may not be
 counted.
        (e)  Carrier envelopes may not be collected and stored at
 another location for subsequent delivery to the early voting clerk.
 The secretary of state shall prescribe appropriate procedures to
 implement this subsection and to provide accountability for the
 delivery of the carrier envelopes from the voting place to the early
 voting clerk. A ballot delivered in violation of this subsection
 may not be counted.
        SECTION 2.08.  Section 86.011(c), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (c)  If the return is not timely, the clerk shall enter the
 time of receipt on the carrier envelope and retain it in a locked
 container for the period for preserving the precinct election
 records. The clerk shall destroy the unopened envelope and its
 contents after the preservation period.
        SECTION 2.09.  Chapter 86, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Section 86.015 to read as follows:
        Sec. 86.015.  ELECTRONIC TRACKING OF APPLICATION FOR BALLOT
 VOTED BY MAIL OR BALLOT VOTED BY MAIL. (a) The secretary of state
 shall develop or otherwise provide an online tool to each early
 voting clerk that enables a person who submits an application for a
 ballot to be voted by mail to track the location and status of the
 person’s application and ballot on the secretary’s Internet website
 and on the county’s Internet website if the early voting clerk is
 the county clerk of a county that maintains an Internet website.
        (b)  The online tool developed or provided under Subsection
 (a) must require the voter to provide, before permitting the voter
 to access information described by that subsection:
              (1)  the voter’s name and registration address and the
 last four digits of the voter’s social security number; and
              (2)  the voter’s:
                    (A)  driver’s license number; or
                    (B)  personal identification card number issued
 by the Department of Public Safety.
        (c)  An online tool used under this section must update the
 applicable Internet website as soon as practicable after each of
 the following events occurs:
              (1)  receipt by the early voting clerk of the person’s
 application for a ballot to be voted by mail;
              (2)  acceptance or rejection by the early voting clerk
 of the person’s application for a ballot to be voted by mail;
              (3)  placement in the mail by the early voting clerk of
 the person’s official ballot;
              (4)  receipt by the early voting clerk of the person’s
 marked ballot; and
              (5)  acceptance or rejection by the early voting ballot
 board of a person’s marked ballot.
        (d)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules and prescribe
 procedures as necessary to implement this section.
        SECTION 2.10.  Section 87.027(i), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (i)  The signature verification committee shall compare the
 signature on each carrier envelope certificate, except those signed
 for a voter by a witness, with the signature on the voter’s ballot
 application to determine whether the signatures are those of the
 voter.  The committee may also compare the signatures with any
 known signature [two or more signatures] of the voter [made within
 the preceding six years and] on file with the county clerk or voter
 registrar to determine whether the signatures are those of the
 voter.  Except as provided by Subsection (l), a determination under
 this subsection that the signatures are not those of the voter must
 be made by a majority vote of the committee’s membership.  The
 committee shall place the jacket envelopes, carrier envelopes, and
 applications of voters whose signatures are not those of the voter
 in separate containers from those of voters whose signatures are
 those of the voter.  The committee chair shall deliver the sorted
 materials to the early voting ballot board at the time specified by
 the board’s presiding judge.
        SECTION 2.11.  Section 87.041(e), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (e)  In making the determination under Subsection (b)(2),
 the board may also compare the signatures with any known signature
 [two or more signatures] of the voter [made within the preceding six
 years and] on file with the county clerk or voter registrar to
 determine whether the signatures are those of the voter.
        SECTION 2.12.  Sections 87.062(a) and (c), Election Code,
 are amended to read as follows:
        (a)  On the direction of the presiding judge, the early
 voting ballot board, in accordance with Section 85.032(b), shall
 open the containers [container] for the early voting ballots that
 are to be counted by the board, remove the contents from each [the]
 container, and remove any ballots enclosed in ballot envelopes from
 their envelopes.
        (c)  Ballots voted by mail shall be tabulated separately from
 the ballots voted by personal appearance and shall be separately
 reported on the returns [The results of all early voting ballots
 counted by the board under this subchapter shall be included in the
 same return].
        SECTION 2.13.  Section 87.103, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 87.103.  COUNTING BALLOTS AND PREPARING RETURNS. (a)
 The early voting electronic system ballots counted at a central
 counting station, the ballots cast at precinct polling places, and
 the ballots voted by mail shall be tabulated separately [from the
 ballots cast at precinct polling places] and shall be separately
 reported on the returns.
        (b)  The early voting returns prepared at the central
 counting station must include any early voting results obtained by
 the early voting ballot board under Subchapter [Subchapters] D [and
 E].
        SECTION 2.14.  Section 87.126, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (a-1) to read as follows:
        (a-1)  Electronic records made under this section shall
 record both sides of any application, envelope, or ballot recorded,
 and all such records shall be provided to the early voting ballot
 board, the signature verification committee, or both.
        SECTION 2.15.  The changes in law made by this article apply
 only to an application for an early voting ballot to be voted by
 mail that is submitted on or after the effective date of this Act.
 ARTICLE 3. ELECTION SECURITY
        SECTION 3.01.  Section 33.006(b), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (b)  A certificate of appointment must:
              (1)  be in writing and signed by the appointing
 authority or, for an appointment for a write-in candidate under
 Section 33.004, by each of the voters making the appointment;
              (2)  indicate the capacity in which the appointing
 authority is acting;
              (3)  state the name, residence address, and voter
 registration number of the appointee and be signed by the
 appointee;
              (4)  identify the election and the precinct polling
 place or other location at which the appointee is to serve; and
              (5)  in an election on a measure, identify the measure
 if more than one is to be voted on and state which side of the
 measure the appointee represents[; and
              [(6)contain an affidavit executed by the appointee
 stating that the appointee will not have possession of a device
 capable of recording images or sound or that the appointee will
 disable or deactivate the device while serving as a watcher].
        SECTION 3.02.  Section 33.051(c), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (c)  [A watcher may not be accepted for service if the
 watcher has possession of a device capable of recording images or
 sound unless the watcher agrees to disable or deactivate the
 device.] The presiding judge may inquire whether a watcher has
 possession of a [any prohibited] recording device before accepting
 the watcher for service.
        SECTION 3.03.  Section 33.056, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (e) and (f) to read
 as follows:
        (a)  Except as provided by Section 33.057, a watcher is
 entitled to observe any activity conducted at the location at which
 the watcher is serving. A watcher is entitled to sit or stand
 [conveniently] near enough to see and hear the election officers
 conducting the observed activity, except as otherwise prohibited by
 this chapter.
        (e)  Except as provided by Section 33.057(b), a watcher may
 not be denied free movement within the location at which the watcher
 is serving.
        (f)  In this code, a watcher who is entitled to “observe” an
 activity is entitled to sit or stand near enough to see and hear the
 activity.
        SECTION 3.04.  Section 33.061, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
        (c)  An offense under Subsection (a) includes an action taken
 to distance or obstruct the view of a watcher in a way that makes
 observation reasonably ineffective.
        SECTION 3.05.  Section 43.007, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsection (m) and adding Subsections (m-1), (m-2), and
 (q) to read as follows:
        (m)  In adopting a methodology under Subsection (f), the
 county must ensure that:
              (1)  in a county with a population of less than one
 million:
                    (A)  each county commissioners precinct contains
 at least one countywide polling place; and
                    (B)  the deviation in the percentage of the total
 number of countywide polling places located in a commissioners
 precinct does not vary by more than one percentage point in a
 precinct; and
              (2)  in a county with a population of one million or
 more, the number of polling places located in each state
 representative district included in the territory of the county is
 calculated by dividing the number of voters residing in that
 district by the total number of voters residing in the county and
 using the number generated as a percentage to allocate the same
 percentage of polling place locations, rounding up to the nearest
 whole number, if necessary [the total number of permanent branch
 and temporary branch polling places open for voting in a county
 commissioners precinct does not exceed more than twice the number
 of permanent branch and temporary branch polling places in another
 county commissioners precinct].
        (m-1)  In making a calculation under Subsection (m), voter
 data from the most recent election shall be used.
        (m-2)  Election officials and voting equipment, materials,
 and supplies must be allocated to each polling place based on the
 same percentage as polling place locations are determined under
 Subsection (m) with no greater than a five percent deviation in the
 allocation between polling place locations. Each polling place
 location must be able to accommodate 100 percent of the equipment
 allocated to be operational at the same time.
        (q)  Each countywide polling place in a county must have
 approximately the same number of voting machines as each other
 countywide polling place in the county.
        SECTION 3.06.  Section 43.031(b), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (b)  Each polling place shall be located inside a building.
 A polling place may not be located in a tent or other temporary
 moveable structure or in a facility primarily designed for motor
 vehicles. No voter may cast a vote from inside a motor vehicle
 unless the voter meets the requirements of Section 64.009.
        SECTION 3.07.  Section 61.014, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsections (a) and (b) and adding Subsection (b-1) to
 read as follows:
        (a)  A person, other than a watcher using the device solely
 to record image or sound as permitted under Subsection (b), may not
 use a wireless communication device within 100 feet of a voting
 station.
        (b)  A person, other than a watcher, may not use a [any]
 mechanical or electronic device to record [means of recording]
 images or sound at a polling place. A watcher may use such a device
 to record images or sound at a polling place, except that a watcher
 may record activity [within 100 feet] of a voter at a voting station
 only if the voter is receiving assistance the watcher reasonably
 believes to be unlawful.
        (b-1)  A recording made by a watcher under Subsection (b) may
 not capture or record any information on a voter’s ballot.
        SECTION 3.08.  Section 64.007(c), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (c)  An election officer shall maintain a register of spoiled
 ballots at the polling place, including spoiled ballots from a
 direct recording electronic voting unit. An election officer shall
 enter on the register the name of each voter who returns a spoiled
 ballot and the spoiled ballot’s number.
        SECTION 3.09.  Section 64.009, Election Code, is amended by
 amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsections (b-1), (e), (f),
 (g), and (h) to read as follows:
        (b)  The regular voting procedures, except those in
 Subchapter B, may be modified by the election officer to the extent
 necessary to conduct voting under this section.
        (b-1)  A person other than the voter is only permitted to be
 inside the motor vehicle while the voter votes if the person would
 be entitled to accompany the voter to the voting station under other
 law.
        (e)  Except as provided by Section 33.057, a poll watcher is
 entitled to observe any activity conducted under this section.
        (f)  A person who assists three or more voters voting under
 this section by providing the voters with transportation to the
 polling place must complete and sign a form that contains the
 person’s name and address and whether the person is providing
 assistance solely under this section or under both this section and
 Subchapter B.
        (g)  A form completed under Subsection (f) shall be delivered
 to the secretary of state as soon as practicable. The secretary
 shall retain a form delivered under this section for the period for
 preserving the precinct election records and shall make the form
 available to the attorney general for inspection upon request.
        (h)  The secretary of state shall prescribe the form
 described by Subsection (f).
        SECTION 3.10.  Subchapter B, Chapter 64, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 64.0322 to read as follows:
        Sec. 64.0322.  SUBMISSION OF FORM BY ASSISTANT. (a) A
 person, other than an election officer, who assists a voter in
 accordance with this chapter is required to complete a form
 stating:
              (1)  the name and address of the person assisting the
 voter;
              (2)  the manner in which the person assisted the voter;
              (3)  the reason the assistance was necessary; and
              (4)  the relationship of the assistant to the voter.
        (b)  The secretary of state shall prescribe the form required
 by this section. The form must be incorporated into the official
 carrier envelope if the voter is voting an early voting ballot by
 mail and receives assistance under Section 86.010, or must be
 submitted to an election officer at the time the voter casts a
 ballot if the voter is voting at a polling place or under Section
 64.009.
        SECTION 3.11.  Section 66.052, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 66.052.  DELIVERY BY ELECTION CLERK; CHAIN OF CUSTODY.
 (a) A delivery of election records or supplies that is to be
 performed by the presiding judge may be performed by an election
 clerk designated by the presiding judge.
        (b)  The presiding judge or an election clerk designated by
 the presiding judge under this section must keep records of each
 person that has custody of a precinct election record until the
 records are delivered.
        SECTION 3.12.  Sections 66.058(b) and (g), Election Code,
 are amended to read as follows:
        (b)  For a period of at least 60 days after the date of the
 election, or until any election contest is resolved, whichever is
 longer, the voted ballots shall be preserved securely in a locked
 room in the locked ballot box in which they are delivered to the
 general custodian of election records. On the 61st day after
 election day, or the day an election contest is resolved, whichever
 is later, the general custodian of election records may:
              (1)  require a person who has possession of a key that
 operates the lock on a ballot box containing voted ballots to return
 the key to the custodian; and
              (2)  unlock the ballot box and transfer the voted
 ballots to another secure container for the remainder of the
 preservation period.
        (g)  Electronic records created under Chapter 129 shall be
 preserved in a secure container. An electronic device used to store
 records may not be altered in any manner as to delete or overwrite
 the records during the preservation period.
        SECTION 3.13.  Section 85.005, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 85.005.  REGULAR DAYS AND HOURS FOR VOTING. (a)  Except
 as provided by Subsection (c), in an election in which a county
 clerk [or city secretary] is the early voting clerk under Section
 83.002 [or 83.005], early voting by personal appearance at the main
 early voting polling place shall be conducted on each weekday of
 [the weekdays of] the early voting period that is not a legal state
 holiday and for a period of at least nine hours, except that voting
 may not be conducted earlier than 6 a.m. or later than 9 p.m.
 [during the hours that the county clerk’s or city secretary’s main
 business office is regularly open for business.]
        (b)  In an election to which Subsection (a) does not apply,
 early voting by personal appearance at the main early voting
 polling place shall be conducted at least nine [eight] hours each
 weekday of the early voting period that is not a legal state holiday
 unless the territory covered by the election has fewer than 1,000
 registered voters. In that case, the voting shall be conducted at
 least four [three] hours each day. The authority ordering the
 election, or the county clerk if that person is the early voting
 clerk, shall determine which hours the voting is to be conducted.
        (c)  In a county with a population of 30,000 [100,000] or
 more, the voting in a primary election or the general election for
 state and county officers shall be conducted at the main early
 voting polling place for [at least] 12 hours on each weekday of the
 last week of the early voting period, and the voting in a special
 election ordered by the governor shall be conducted at the main
 early voting polling place for [at least] 12 hours on each of the
 last two days of the early voting period. Voting under this
 subsection may not be conducted earlier than 6 a.m. or later than 9
 p.m. Voting shall be conducted in accordance with this subsection
 in those elections in a county with a population under 30,000
 [100,000] on receipt by the early voting clerk of a written request
 for the extended hours submitted by at least 15 registered voters of
 the county. The request must be submitted in time to enable
 compliance with Section 85.067.
        [(d)In an election ordered by a city, early voting by
 personal appearance at the main early voting polling place shall be
 conducted for at least 12 hours:
              [(1) on one weekday, if the early voting period consists
 of less than six weekdays; or
              [(2) on two weekdays, if the early voting period
 consists of six or more weekdays.]
        SECTION 3.14.  Section 85.006(b), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (b)  In an election in which a county clerk [or city
 secretary] is the early voting clerk under Section 83.002 [or
 83.005], only the early voting clerk may order voting on a Saturday
 or Sunday.  The clerk must do so by written order.
        SECTION 3.15.  Section 85.010(a-1), Election Code, is
 amended to read as follows:
        (a-1)  In this section, “eligible county polling place”
 means an early voting polling place[, other than a polling place
 established under Section 85.062(e),] established by a county.
        SECTION 3.16.  Section 85.061(a), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (a)  In a countywide election in which the county clerk is
 the early voting clerk under Section 83.002, an early voting
 polling place shall be located inside [at] each branch office that
 is regularly maintained for conducting general clerical functions
 of the county clerk, except as provided by Subsection (b). If a
 suitable room is unavailable inside the branch office, the polling
 place may be located in another room inside the same building as the
 branch office. The polling place may not be located in a tent or
 other temporary movable structure or a parking garage, parking lot,
 or similar facility designed primarily for motor vehicles.
        SECTION 3.17.  Section 85.062(b), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (b)  A polling place established under this section may be
 located, subject to Subsection (d), at any place in the territory
 served by the early voting clerk and may be located inside [in] any
 building [stationary structure] as directed by the authority
 establishing the branch office. The polling place may not be
 located in a tent or other temporary movable structure or a parking
 garage, parking lot, or similar facility designed primarily for
 motor vehicles in the general election for state and county
 officers, general primary election, or runoff primary election.
 Ropes or other suitable objects may be used at the polling place to
 ensure compliance with Section 62.004. Persons who are not
 expressly permitted by law to be in a polling place shall be
 excluded from the polling place to the extent practicable.
        SECTION 3.18.  Section 124.002, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
        (c)  Voting system ballots may not be arranged in a manner
 that allows a political party’s candidates to be selected in one
 motion or gesture.
        SECTION 3.19.  Subchapter A, Chapter 125, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 125.0071 to read as follows:
        Sec. 125.0071.  VOTER ALLOWED TO CAST BALLOT AT ANY TIME. A
 voting machine or ballot marking device must allow a voter the
 option to cast or complete the voter’s ballot without voting on all
 races or measures if the voter affirmatively chooses to do so.
        SECTION 3.20.  Subchapter A, Chapter 127, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 127.008 to read as follows:
        Sec. 127.008.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN CENTRAL COUNTING
 STATION. (a) A counting station manager and the presiding judge of
 the counting station shall develop a protocol under which any
 electronic device inside a central counting station that is
 necessary to count votes is equipped with software that tracks all
 input and activity on the electronic device.
        (b)  The counting station manager and the presiding judge of
 the counting station shall ensure that the input and activity
 tracked by the software is printed and delivered to the secretary of
 state not later than the fifth day after vote counting is complete.
        SECTION 3.21.  Section 127.1232, Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        Sec. 127.1232.  SECURITY OF VOTED BALLOTS. (a) The general
 custodian of election records shall post a licensed peace officer
 [guard] to ensure the security of ballot boxes containing voted
 ballots throughout the period of tabulation at the central counting
 station.
        (b)  The general custodian of election records may implement
 a video surveillance system that retains a record of all areas
 containing voted ballots from the time the voted ballots are
 delivered to the central counting station until the canvass of
 precinct election returns.  The video may be made available to the
 public by a livestream.
        (c)  The video recorded is an election record under Section
 1.012 and shall be retained by the general custodian of election
 records until the end of the calendar year in which an election is
 held or until an election contest filed in the county has been
 resolved, whichever is later.
        SECTION 3.22.  Subchapter A, Chapter 129, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 129.003 to read as follows:
        Sec. 129.003.  PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED. (a) In this
 section, “auditable voting system” means a voting system that:
              (1)  uses a paper record; or
              (2)  produces a paper record by which a voter can verify
 that the voter’s ballot will be counted accurately.
        (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (e), a voting system
 that consists of direct recording electronic voting machines may
 not be used in an election unless the system is an auditable voting
 system.
        (c)  Except for a recount under Title 13, the electronic vote
 is the official record of the ballot. For a recount of ballots cast
 on a system involving direct recording electronic voting machines,
 the paper record is the official record of the vote cast.
        (d)  An authority that purchased a voting system other than
 an auditable voting system after September 1, 2016, and before
 September 1, 2021, may use available federal funding and, if
 federal funding is not available, available state funding to
 retrofit the purchased voting system as an auditable voting system
 in accordance with the following schedule:
              (1)  if the voting system was retrofitted as an
 auditable voting system not later than the election taking place
 November 8, 2022, the authority is eligible to have 100 percent of
 the cost of retrofitting reimbursed under this section; and
              (2)  if the authority is not eligible for a 100 percent
 reimbursement of cost under Subdivision (1) and the voting system
 was retrofitted as an auditable voting system not later than the
 election taking place November 3, 2026, the authority is eligible
 to have 50 percent of the cost of retrofitting reimbursed under this
 section.
        (e)  Subsections (a)-(c) do not apply to an election held
 before September 1, 2026.
        SECTION 3.23.  Section 129.023, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsections (b-2) and (c-1) to read as follows:
        (b-2)  If the test is being conducted for an election in
 which a county election board has been established under Section
 51.002, the general custodian of election records shall notify each
 member of the board of the test at least 48 hours before the date of
 the test. If the county election board chooses to witness the test,
 each member shall sign the statement required by Subsection (e)(1).
        (c-1)  A test conducted under this section must also require
 the general custodian of election records to demonstrate, using a
 representative sample of voting system equipment, that the source
 code of the equipment has not been altered.
        SECTION 3.24.  Section 216.001, Election Code, is amended to
 read as follows:
        Sec. 216.001.  APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER. (a) Except as
 provided by Subsection (b), this [This] chapter applies only to an
 election that results in a tie vote as provided by Sections
 2.002(i), 2.023(b) and (c), and 2.028.
        (b)  If the results of an election show that the number of
 votes cast in an election precinct exceeds the number of registered
 voters in the precinct, the authority designated under Section
 212.026 shall initiate an automatic recount for that precinct in
 accordance with this chapter.
        SECTION 3.25.  Section 81.032, Local Government Code, is
 amended to read as follows:
        Sec. 81.032.  ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. (a) The
 commissioners court may accept a donation of labor or services,
 gift, grant, donation, bequest, or devise of money or other
 property on behalf of the county, including a donation under
 Chapter 38, Government Code, for the purpose of performing a
 function conferred by law on the county or a county officer.
        (b)  The commissioners court may not accept a donation
 described in Subsection (a) of over $1,000 for use in administering
 elections without the written consent of the secretary of state.
        (c)  The secretary of state may grant consent under
 Subsection (b) only if:
              (1)  the secretary consults with the governor, the
 lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of
 representatives on the proposed donation; and
              (2)  the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the
 speaker of the house of representatives unanimously agree to the
 secretary’s grant of consent.
        SECTION 3.26.  The changes in law made by this article apply
 only to an election ordered on or after the effective date of this
 Act.  An election ordered before the effective date of this Act is
 governed by the law in effect when the election was ordered, and the
 former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
 ARTICLE 4. ENFORCEMENT
        SECTION 4.01.  Subchapter E, Chapter 31, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Sections 31.126 and 31.127 to read as follows:
        Sec. 31.126.  RESTRICTION ON ELIGIBILITY. (a) In this
 section, “election official” means:
              (1)  a county clerk;
              (2)  a permanent or temporary deputy county clerk;
              (3)  an elections administrator;
              (4)  a permanent or temporary employee of an elections
 administrator;
              (5)  an election judge;
              (6)  an alternate election judge;
              (7)  an early voting clerk;
              (8)  a deputy early voting clerk;
              (9)  an election clerk;
              (10)  the presiding judge of an early voting ballot
 board;
              (11)  the alternate presiding judge of an early voting
 ballot board;
              (12)  a member of an early voting ballot board;
              (13)  the chair of a signature verification committee;
              (14)  the vice chair of a signature verification
 committee;
              (15)  a member of a signature verification committee;
              (16)  the presiding judge of a central counting
 station;
              (17)  the alternate presiding judge of a central
 counting station;
              (18)  a central counting station manager;
              (19)  a central counting station clerk;
              (20)  a tabulation supervisor; and
              (21)  an assistant to a tabulation supervisor.
        (b)  A person may not serve as an election official if the
 person has been finally convicted of an offense under Section
 33.061.
        Sec. 31.127.  CIVIL PENALTY. (a) In this section, “election
 official” has the meaning assigned by Section 31.126.
        (b)  An election official may be liable to this state for a
 civil penalty if the official:
              (1)  is employed by or is an officer of this state or a
 political subdivision of this state; and
              (2)  violates a provision of this code.
        (c)  A civil penalty imposed under this section may include
 termination of the person’s employment and loss of the person’s
 employment benefits.
        SECTION 4.02.  Section 33.051, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subsection (g) to read as follows:
        (g)  An election officer commits an offense if the officer
 knowingly refuses to accept a watcher for service whose acceptance
 is required by this code. An offense under this section is a Class A
 misdemeanor.
        SECTION 4.03.  Subchapter C, Chapter 33, Election Code, is
 amended by adding Section 33.062 to read as follows:
        Sec. 33.062.  INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. A watcher, or the
 appointing authority for a watcher, is entitled to injunctive
 relief under Section 273.081 to enforce this chapter, including
 issuance of temporary orders.
        SECTION 4.04.  Section 87.0431(b), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (b)  The early voting clerk shall, not later than the 30th
 day after election day, deliver notice to the attorney general,
 including certified copies of the carrier envelope and
 corresponding ballot application, of any ballot rejected because:
              (1)  the voter was deceased;
              (2)  the voter already voted in person in the same
 election;
              (3)  the signatures on the carrier envelope and ballot
 application were not executed by the same person;
              (4)  the carrier envelope certificate lacked a witness
 signature; [or]
              (5)  the carrier envelope certificate was improperly
 executed by an assistant; or
              (6)  any form of voter fraud was committed.
        SECTION 4.05.  Section 232.006(a), Election Code, is amended
 to read as follows:
        (a)  The venue of an election contest for a statewide office
 is in Travis County or any county where a contestee resided at the
 time of the election. For purposes of this section, a contestee’s
 residence is determined under Section 411.0257, Government Code.
        SECTION 4.06.  Chapter 232, Election Code, is amended by
 adding Subchapter C to read as follows:
 SUBCHAPTER C. CONTEST INVOLVING ALLEGED FRAUD
        Sec. 232.061.  PETITION ALLEGING FRAUD. This subchapter
 applies to an election contest in which the contestant alleges in
 the petition that an opposing candidate, an agent of the opposing
 candidate, or a person acting on behalf of the opposing candidate
 with the candidate’s knowledge committed election fraud under any
 of the following sections of this code:
              (1)  Section 13.007;
              (2)  Section 64.012;
              (3)  Section 64.036;
              (4)  Section 84.003;
              (5)  Section 84.0041;
              (6)  Section 86.0051;
              (7)  Section 86.006;
              (8)  Section 86.010; or
              (9)  Section 276.013.
        Sec. 232.062.  EVIDENTIARY STANDARD. A contestant must
 prove an allegation described by Section 232.061 by a preponderance
 of the evidence.
        Sec. 232.063.  CIVIL PENALTY. (a) If the court in its
 judgment finds that the contestee, an agent of the contestee, or a
 person acting on behalf of the contestee with the contestee’s
 knowledge committed one or more violations of a section described
 by Section 232.061, the contestee is liable to this state for a
 civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation.
        (b)  A penalty collected under this section by the attorney
 general shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of
 the general revenue fund.
        Sec. 232.064.  ATTORNEY’S FEES. In an election contest to
 which this subchapter applies, the court may award reasonable
 attorney’s fees to the prevailing party.
        SECTION 4.07.  (a) The changes in law made by this article
 apply only to an election contest for which the associated election
 occurred after the effective date of this Act.
        (b)  The changes in law made by this article apply only to an
 election ordered on or after the effective date of this Act.  An
 election ordered before the effective date of this Act is governed
 by the law in effect when the election was ordered, and the former
 law is continued in effect for that purpose.
 ARTICLE 5. REPEALER AND EFFECTIVE DATE
        SECTION 5.01.  Section 85.062(e), Election Code, is
 repealed.
        SECTION 5.02.  The secretary of state is required to
 implement Section 86.015, Election Code, as added by this Act, only
 if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that
 purpose. If the legislature does not appropriate money
 specifically for that purpose, the secretary of state may, but is
 not required to, implement Section 86.015, Election Code, using
 other appropriations available for that purpose.
        SECTION 5.03.  Subject to Section 5.02 of this Act, this Act
 takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
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