HB 3578

86(R) - 2019
House Elections
House Elections

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Stephanie Klick


Giovanni Capriglione
Cole Hefner
Candy Noble
Jarred Patterson
Dennis Paul
Scott Sanford
Valoree Swanson
Ed Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to the cancellation of the voter registration of a person finally convicted of a felony.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3578 would require the convicting court, in the trial of a felony offense, to make an affirmative finding that the defendant has been found guilty of a felony, enter the finding in the judgment of the case, issue an order that the defendant's voter registration be canceled, and send that order to the secretary of state. The secretary of state would then determine if the person named in the order is a registered voter in Texas and, if so, forward the order to the appropriate registrar. The registrar would be required to cancel a voter's registration immediately upon receipt of such an order. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Maintaining the integrity of elections is a core responsibility of government. Felons are prohibited from voting unless their voting rights have been restored. It is consistent with maintaining the integrity of elections to ensure that people prohibited from voting are removed from voter rolls. For this reason we support HB 3578.