By: Cortez, Arévalo, Gutierrez, Perez, H.B. No. 1414
      Anderson of McLennan, et al.
  relating to voting procedures for certain federal postcard
  applicants and military personnel serving overseas.
         SECTION 1.  Section 67.003(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), each local
  canvassing authority shall convene to conduct the local canvass at
  the time set by the canvassing authority's presiding officer [For
  an election held on the uniform election date in May, the
  local     canvass must occur] not later than the 11th day after
  election day and not earlier than the later of:
               (1)  the third day after election day;
               (2)  the date on which the early voting ballot board has
  verified and counted all provisional ballots, if a provisional
  ballot has been cast in the election; or
               (3)  the date on which all timely received ballots cast
  from addresses outside of the United States are counted, if a ballot
  to be voted by mail in the election was provided to a person outside
  of the United States.
         SECTION 2.  Section 101.057, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 101.057.  RETURN OF VOTED BALLOT. (a)  A ballot voted
  under this subchapter may be returned to the early voting clerk by
  mail, common or contract carrier, or courier.
         (b)  A ballot voted by a voter described by Section
  101.001(2)(A) or (B) shall be counted if the ballot arrives at the
  address on the carrier envelope not later than the sixth day after
  the date of the election, except that if that date falls on a
  Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, then the
  deadline is extended to the next regular business day.
         SECTION 3.  Sections 105.004(b), (c), (d), and (e), Election
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The secretary of state shall select to participate in
  the program any county [a number of counties as determined by the
  secretary of state] that:
               (1)  desires [desire] to participate in the program;
               (2)  is [are] determined by the secretary of state to
  have the appropriate technological capabilities.
         (c)  The secretary of state shall operate the program
  established under Subsection (a) [as a pilot program] until
  September 1, 2021 [2017].
         (d)  Not later than January 1, 2021 [2017], the secretary of
  state shall file a report with the legislature.  The report may
  include the secretary of state's recommendations on the future use
  of e-mail ballot submission by members of the armed forces of the
  United States and suggestions for permanent statutory authority
  regarding e-mail ballot submission by members of the armed forces
  of the United States.
         (e)  This section expires September 1, 2021 [2017].
         SECTION 4.  Section 67.003(a), Election
  Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.