HB 1978

84(R) - 2015
House Elections
House Elections

Vote Recommendation

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Rick Miller

Bill Caption

Relating to the requirements for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This legislation would amend the Election Code to require a candidate's signed and sworn application for a place on the ballot to be signed and sworn to before a notary public, and the affidavit of the circulator of a petition for a place on the ballot included with each part of the petition be executed before a notary public.

Vote Recommendation Notes

We support this legislation under the personal responsibility principle. This bill would clear up ambiguity in the Elections Code on the requirement of the signature petitions, and affidavit to be required to be signed and sworn before a notary public. This legislation promotes personal responsibility, to clear up any potential of petition signature fraud, without being subjected to penalties.