HB 543

85(R) - 2017
State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


John Raney

Bill Caption

Relating to the required vote by a presidential elector.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

Under current law, a presidential elector is not penalized for voting for someone other than the candidates who received the most votes in the general election. This bill would establish a method of selecting presidential electors and alternate electors and require electors and alternates to take a pledge to vote for the nominees of the party they are representing. The bill would also establish procedures for replacing electors in the event of a vacancy. A presidential elector that refuses to mark their ballot as they have pledge too would be removed from being an elector and prohibited from ever serving as an elector again in this state. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This is a procedural issue that does not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral.