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  S.B. No. 1448
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to holding a primary election for a political party in a
  county without party leadership.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 172.128, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 172.128.  ALTERNATIVE PRIMARY PROCEDURE FOR COUNTIES
  WITHOUT COUNTY PARTY LEADERSHIP. (a)  Notwithstanding a
  conflicting provision of this code, [This section applies only to]
  a primary election that is required for the nomination of a
  political party to a statewide office or a presidential primary
  election shall be held in accordance with this section in a county
  in which:
               (1)  the office of county chair is vacant and there is
  an insufficient number of members serving on the county executive
  committee to fill a vacancy on the committee; and
               (2)  the party is unable to establish a temporary
  executive committee under Section 171.027.
         (b)  On request of the [The] state chair of a political
  party, [may contract with] a county clerk, county tax
  assessor-collector, or county elections administrator, as
  appropriate, shall contract with the state chair to hold a primary
  election under this section [in a county in which:
               [(1)   the office of county chair is vacant and there is
  an insufficient number of members serving on the county executive
  committee to fill a vacancy on the committee; and
               [(2)   the party is unable to establish a temporary
  executive committee under Section 171.027].
         (c)  The county may designate the location of the polling
  place for an election held under this section at the main early
  voting polling place or designate a location to serve as a polling
  place in the county seat of the county if the polling place is
  located so that it will adequately serve the voters.
         (d)  Voting shall be conducted at least during the hours that
  the county clerk's main business office is regularly open for
  business.
         (e)  The election returns for an election held under this
  section shall be delivered to the state chair of the applicable
  political party.
         (f)  A precinct convention is not required to be held
  following a primary election conducted under this section.
         (g)  A contract for election services entered into under this
  section shall provide that the county shall be eligible to be
  reimbursed for primary election expenses in the same manner a
  county chair would be reimbursed under Subchapter D, Chapter 173.
         (h)  Election officers appointed to serve a polling place for
  a primary election conducted under this section may be affiliated
  or aligned with any political party.
         (i)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules to implement
  this section in accordance with the conduct of elections and with
  party rule.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1448 passed the Senate on
  April 30, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1448 passed the House on
  May 19, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 1, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor