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Relating to the creation of a fund to assist local governments with
the acquisition of voting system equipment.
The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time.
HB 362 would establish the Voting System Fund, which would create a fund inside of general revenue for the intention of dispersing grants to counties or cities in order to match their spending on election technology. This would be in an effort to replace outdated voting equipment. Under the bill, cities and counties would be allowed to apply for grants through the Texas Secretary of State. The bill would also establish a study for the purpose of determining the best manner for the funds to be used.
Texas Action approves HB 362 because it facilitates the cooperation of state, counties and cities in performing one of the most core functions of government; ensuring that electoral infrastructure is reliable and accurate to result in legitimate election outcomes.