H.B. No. 1580
relating to the period for preserving precinct election records.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Sections 66.058(a) and (g), Election Code, are
amended to read as follows:
(a) Except as otherwise provided by this code, the precinct
election records shall be preserved by the authority to whom they
are distributed for at least 22 months [
60 days] after election day.
(g) For the preservation of [ The] precinct election records
in an election involving a federal office, the [ shall be preserved
by the authority to whom they are distributed for at least 22 months
after election day in accordance with federal law. The] secretary
of state shall instruct the affected authorities on the actions
necessary for compliance with federal law.
SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies to the
preservation of precinct election records for an election held on
or after the effective date of this Act. The preservation of
precinct election records for an election held before the effective
date of this Act is governed by the law immediately in effect before
the effective date of this Act, and the former law is continued in
effect for that purpose.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1580 was passed by the House on May
13, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1580 was passed by the Senate on May
25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate