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  H.B. No. 5180
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the public inspection of election records.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 1.012, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (e) and adding Subsections (f), (g), and (h) to
  read as follows:
         (e)  Except as provided by Subsections (f) and (g), an [An]
  election record shall be available not later than the 15th day after
  election day in an electronic format for a fee of not more than $50.
         (f)  Beginning on the first day after the date the final
  canvass of an election is completed, the general custodian of
  election records shall make available for public inspection
  election records that are:
               (1)  images of voted ballots, if a county maintains
  images of voted ballots; or
               (2)  cast vote records.
         (g)  Beginning on the 61st day after election day, the
  general custodian of election records shall make available for
  public inspection election records that are original voted ballots.
         (h)  The custodian shall adopt procedures to ensure the
  redaction of any personally identifiable information of the voter
  contained on a ballot before making the voted ballot available for
  public inspection.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 5180 was passed by the House on May 6,
  2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 133, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 5180 on May 26, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 1,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 5180 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 24, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 19, Nays
  11.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor