H.B. No. 2759
relating to requirements for county election precincts.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 42.001, Election Code, is amended to
read as follows:
Sec. 42.001. PRECINCTS ESTABLISHED BY COMMISSIONERS COURT.
(a) Each commissioners court by order shall divide all the
territory of the county into county election precincts in
accordance with this subchapter. The precincts must be compact and
(b) In a county with a population of more than 175,000, in
establishing a county election precinct, the commissioners court
shall consider the availability of buildings to use as polling
places so that a voter of the precinct will not have to travel more
than 25 miles from the voter's residence to reach the polling place
for the precinct.
SECTION 2. Section 42.006(d), Election Code, is amended to
read as follows:
(d) In a county in which a voting system has been adopted for
use in the general election for state and county officers, the
maximum number of registered voters a precinct may contain is
[ (1) 3,000, in a county with a population of 250,000 or
[ (2) 4,000, in a county with a population of 175,000 or
more but less than 250,000; and
[ (3) 5,000, in a county with a population of less than
SECTION 3. Section 43.002, Election Code, is amended by
adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
(c) In making a designation under this section, the
commissioners court of a county with a population of more than
175,000 may not designate a location as a polling place that would
require a voter in the precinct to travel more than 25 miles from
the voter's residence to the polling place.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2759 was passed by the House on May 9,
2005, by a non-record vote; and that the House concurred in Senate
amendments to H.B. No. 2759 on May 27, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2759 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays
Secretary of the Senate