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Relating to the time for making required reports of deceased residents of this state to a voter registrar and to the secretary of state.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1264 modifies existing law, which requires local registrars of deaths to file abstracts to local voting officials and the Secretary of State’s office within a month of an eligible voter’s death.
Current law requires that these abstracts be filed by the 10th day of the next month, and that local voter registrars must immediately cancel a deceased voter’s registration upon receiving their abstract. HB 1264 would require that these abstracts be filed within seven days after they have been prepared, thereby expediting the process of removing deceased individuals from Texas voter rolls.
Texas action supports HB 1264 because it helps the government fulfill it's lawful duties without infringing on the rights of Texans. This bill is a commonsense rule change that will remove dead voters from Texas voter rolls faster. As dead voters are a recurring source of voter fraud, this bill would, by extension, help reduce voter fraud in Texas elections.