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  H.B. No. 2628
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the manner of reporting and maintaining certain
  information relating to candidates and election returns.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 67.007(a), (c), and (d), Election Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  For each election for a statewide, [or] district,
  county, or precinct office, a statewide measure, or president and
  vice-president of the United States, the county clerk of each
  county in the territory covered by the election shall prepare
  county election returns.
         (c)  The county clerk shall certify [sign] the county returns
  [to certify their accuracy].
         (d)  Not later than 24 hours after completion of the local
  canvass, the county clerk shall deliver to the secretary of state,
  in the manner directed by the secretary, the county returns [in a
  sealed envelope]. [The envelope shall be labeled: "Election
  Returns for __________ (name) County, for __________(election)."]
         SECTION 2.  Sections 67.008(b) and (c), Election Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The returns shall be delivered to the secretary of state
  as provided by Section 67.007. [, except that the envelope shall be
  labeled: "Returns of Election for Governor/Lieutenant Governor,
  __________ (name) County, for __________(election)."]
         (c)  The secretary of state shall retain the returns [in
  their sealed condition] until the first day of the next regular
  legislative session, when the secretary shall deliver the returns
  to the speaker of the house of representatives.
         SECTION 3.  Section 67.009(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  With the delivery of the official county returns forms,
  the secretary of state shall deliver[:
               [(1)]  written instructions on the preparation and
  delivery of the county election returns[; and
               [(2)     the officially prescribed envelopes for
  delivering the returns to the secretary].
         SECTION 4.  Section 181.032, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsection (c) to read as
  follows:
         (b)  Not later than the 10th day after the date of the filing
  deadline prescribed by Section 181.033, the authority with whom an
  application is filed shall deliver to the secretary of state a list
  containing:
               (1)  each candidate's name;
               (2)  each candidate's residence address;
               (3)  the office sought by the candidate; [and]
               (4)  the date on which the candidate filed the
  application; and
               (5)  any additional information required by the
  secretary of state.
         (c)  A list delivered under Subsection (b) must be in a
  format prescribed by the secretary of state.
         SECTION 5.  Section 181.068(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The presiding officer of each convention held under this
  chapter shall certify, in a format prescribed by the secretary of
  state, [writing] for placement on the general election ballot the
  name and address of each candidate nominated by the convention.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2628 was passed by the House on May
  10, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 2, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2628 on May 24, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 7,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2628 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor