Changes to Posting Election Information

June 28, 2019

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House Bill 1241 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin) adds Section 1.021 to Chapter 1 of the Election Code to require the written notice of a polling place must state the building name, if any, and the street address, including the suite or room number, if any, of the polling place.  The bill becomes effective Sept 1, 2019.

House Bill 933 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin) is a related bill that amends the Election Code to require counties and the Secretary of State to post notice of all election information on their respective websites and becomes effective on Sept 1, 2019. Postings must occur at least 21 days before an election and the county clerk shall post on the county’s Internet website contact information for the county’s election office; notice of the election, including the location of each polling place, including street address, zip code, mailing address if different from physical address, telephone number, and fax number; name of building; and days and hours of voting at each location.

If a county does not maintain an Internet website, a copy of a notice of the election shall be placed on the bulletin board used for posting notices of the meeting of the governing body. Governing bodies of political subdivisions, other than a county, shall deliver notice of the election, including the location of each polling place, to the county clerk and voter registrar no later than 60 days before the election day.

HB 933 also requires:

  • That county clerks post notice of the time and place for all election judge and election clerk training on the county website.
  • The county must post public notice of any precinct boundary changes to the county website for three consecutive weeks before an election.
  • In a county where the voting clerk is the county clerk, the county must also post the branch voting schedule.
  • A county to post on the county website any public notice of any test of the logic and accuracy of election equipment at least 48 hours before the test.