H.B. No. 719
relating to publicizing a list of voters' rights.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 31.0055(b), Election Code, is amended to
read as follows:
(b) A notice informing voters of the telephone number and
the purpose for the number shall be included in the notice of
voters' rights publicized under Section 62.0115 [
posted in a prominent location at each polling place during the
early voting period and on election day for each election held on a
uniform election date. The secretary of state shall prescribe the
form for the notice under this subsection].
SECTION 2. Chapter 62, Election Code, is amended by adding
Section 62.0115 to read as follows:
Sec. 62.0115. PUBLIC NOTICE OF VOTERS' RIGHTS. (a) The
secretary of state shall adopt rules providing for publicizing
voters' rights as prescribed by this section. The rules must
require that a notice of those rights be publicized:
(1) by being posted by an election officer in a
prominent location at each polling place;
(2) on the Internet website of the secretary of state;
(3) through material published by the secretary of
(4) in another manner designed to give voters notice
of their rights.
(b) Except as revised by the secretary of state under
Subsection (d), the notice must state that a voter has the right to:
(1) vote a ballot and view written instructions on how
to cast a ballot;
(2) vote in secret and free from intimidation;
(3) receive up to two additional ballots if the voter
mismarks, damages, or otherwise spoils a ballot;
(4) request instructions on how to cast a ballot, but
not to receive suggestions on how to vote;
(5) bring an interpreter to translate the ballot and
any instructions from election officials;
(6) receive assistance in casting the ballot if the
(A) has a physical disability that renders the
voter unable to write or see; or
(B) cannot read the language in which the ballot
(7) cast a ballot on executing an affidavit as
provided by law, if the voter's eligibility to vote is questioned;
(8) report an existing or potential abuse of voting
rights to the secretary of state or the local election official;
(9) except as provided by Section 85.066(b), Election
Code, vote at any early voting location in the county in which the
voter resides in an election held at county expense, a primary
election, or a special election ordered by the governor; and
(10) file an administrative complaint with the
secretary of state concerning a violation of federal or state
(c) The notice must also state:
(1) the information relating to the voting rights
hotline required under Section 31.0055; and
(2) any other information that the secretary of state
considers important for a voter to know.
(d) The secretary of state shall prescribe the form and
content of the notice in accordance with this section. The
secretary of state shall revise the content of the notice as
necessary to ensure that the notice accurately reflects the law in
effect at the time the notice is publicized.
SECTION 3. This Act applies only to an election ordered on
or after September 1, 2005.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 719 was passed by the House on May 9,
2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 719 was passed by the Senate on May
23, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate