Secretary of State Provides Guidance on Senate Bill 1

The Texas Secretary of State's office has provided guidance to county election officials in the implementation of the voting changes included in Senate Bill 1. The advisories address emergency ballot procedures, changes to early voting and mail-in ballot applications, among other topics.

February 24, 2022

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The Texas Secretary of State (SOS) has issued numerous Election Division Advisories since Jan. 3 to provide guidance to county election officials in the implementation of the new voting changes included in Senate Bill 1, by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), passed during the second called session in August and effective on Dec. 2, 2021. Some of the advisories include emergency ballot procedures, changes to early voting by personal appearance, opportunities to correct defects on applications for a ballot by mail and carrier envelope, changes to poll watcher requirements, and ballot security requirements. The election division advisories are located on the SOS website.

The SOS continues to hold webinars with county election officials on specific subject matters to further expound upon the election advisories. Some of the webinars' subjects include:

  • Preparing for the May 7 constitutional amendment election.
  • Applications for ballot by mail (ABBM) with topics covering reviewing ABBMs, ballot by mail tracker and distribution of ABBMs.
  • Early voting in person changes.
  • Opportunities to change defects in ABBMs and carrier envelopes.
  • Training for the early voting ballot board service members on new ballot by mail procedures.

The webinars are located online. The website location also includes information manuals for poll worker training, volunteer deputy registrars, poll watchers, election inspectors and voter education outreach.

Public officials other than county election officials and members of the public who wish to view the webinars will need to contact the SOS for additional access information.

Important election dates for 2022 such as the March 1 primary elections, the May 7 elections for local political subdivisions and the constitutional amendment election, the May 24 primary run-off elections and the Nov. 8 general election are located on the SOS website.

Current election information for candidates, precinct chairs, sample ballots for the March 1 Democratic and Republican primary elections and other election-related information also are located on the SOS website.

The SOS Election Division may be contacted at (800) 252-8683, (512) 463-5650 or by email at elections@sos.texas.gov.

For more information about this article, please contact Nanette Forbes.