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  S.B. No. 1434
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the selection of election officers for early voting for
  the general election for state and county officers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Subchapter A, Chapter 85,
  Election Code, is amended to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER A.  TIME AND PLACE FOR VOTING; ELECTION OFFICERS
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 85, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 85.009 to read as follows:
         Sec. 85.009.  ELECTION OFFICERS FOR GENERAL ELECTION FOR
  STATE AND COUNTY OFFICERS.  (a)  The county clerk shall select
  election officers for the main early voting polling place and any
  branch polling place from a list provided under Subsection (b), in a
  manner that provides equal representation to the extent possible
  for each political party holding a primary election in the county.
         (b)  Before July of each year, the county chair of each
  political party holding a primary election in the county shall
  submit in writing to the county clerk a list of names of persons in
  order of preference for each early voting polling place who are
  eligible for selection as an election officer.  The county chair may
  supplement the list of names of persons until the 30th day before
  early voting begins in case an appointed election officer becomes
  unable to serve.  The county clerk shall appoint the first person
  meeting the applicable eligibility requirements from the list
  submitted in compliance with this subsection by the party with the
  highest number of votes in the county as the presiding election
  officer of that polling place and the first person meeting the
  applicable eligibility requirements from the list submitted in
  compliance with this subsection by the party with the second
  highest number of votes in the county as the alternate presiding
  election officer of that polling place.  The county clerk shall
  appoint additional election officers for each polling place in the
  manner described by Subsection (a).  The county clerk may reject the
  list if the persons whose names are submitted on the list are
  determined not to meet the applicable eligibility requirements.
         (c)  The county clerk, after making a reasonable effort to
  consult with the party chair of the appropriate political party or
  parties, may select election officers for each early voting polling
  place in which a list is not submitted in a manner that attempts to
  ensure equal representation to the extent possible for the parties
  holding a primary election in the county.
         SECTION 3.  Section 85.069, Election Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1434 passed the Senate on
  April 26, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 21, 2007, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1434 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 17, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 144,
  Nays 0, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor