Austin, Texas

                           FISCAL NOTE
                       74th Regular Session

                           May 1, 1995

 TO:     Honorable Debra Danburg, Chair         IN RE: Committee Substitute
         Committee on Elections                 for
         House of Representatives                              House Bill
         Austin, Texas                          No. 2241

FROM: John Keel, Director

In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on House Bill No.
2241 (relating to certain election processes and procedures) this
office has determined the following:

The bill would amend the following sections of the Election Code:

Section 13.104 would allow the election registrar to record the
original registration applications and documentation on an
optical disk or other computer storage medium approved by the
Secretary of State;

Section 31.124 would make a person ineligible to serve as an
election officer if the person has been finally convicted of an
offense in connection with conduct directly related to an

Sections 32.002(c) and (d) would require that the presiding
election judge of a county and the alternate presiding judge must
be affiliated with different political parties.  The County
Commissioners Court would appoint the judge and alternate from
names submitted by the county chairs of the political parties
whose candidates for Governor received the highest and second
highest number of votes in the county in the most recent
gubernatorial general election.

Section 127.201, as amended, would require that the manual
tabulation of votes in certain precincts selected at random must    

be completed not later than the 21st day after election day.  The
Secretary of State, in the random vote count, would designate not 
more than three offices and not more than three propositions to
be counted in the selected precincts.

Section 171.022(d) would allow the state executive committee by
rule to provide for the election of the county chair or precinct
chairs of a particular county by plurality vote.

Section 171.1221 would require a write-in candidate who is
elected to the office of county or precinct chair to file a
written declaration of acceptance of the office with the county
executive committee within three days after the candidate
receives notice of his/her election from the executive committee.

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The fiscal implication to units of local government cannot be

Source:   Secretary of State
          LBB Staff: JK, JC, RR