Bill

SB 1018

87(R) - 2021
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
Elections

Contact the Author

Judith Zaffirini

Phone:

512-463-0121

Capitol Office:

1E.14

Email:

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to an early voting ballot voted by mail.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1018 would permit a signature verification committee or early voting ballot board, upon receipt of a defective early voting ballot, to return the ballot to the voter by mail if they believe the defect can be corrected before the polls close. The committee or board would then inform the voter that they may appear in person to either correct the defect or request to cancel their application to vote by mail. A poll watcher would be entitled to observe such an action.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action opposes SB 1018 because it violates the principles of personal responsibility and limited government.  It is up to the individual to ensure their ballot is completed correctly. It is not a legitimate function of government to initiate a process of fixing errors on mail in ballots. The mail in voting process is chaotic enough without adding additional complications into the picture.

Contact the Author

Judith Zaffirini

Phone:

512-463-0121

Capitol Office:

1E.14

Email: