Law:Title 6. Conduct Of Elections from Chapter 63. Accepting Voter (Texas)

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Chapter 63. Accepting Voter

Section  63.001.  Regular Procedure For Accepting Voter. (a)

Except as otherwise provided by this code, acceptance of voters shall be conducted as provided by this section and Section 63.0011.

(b)  On offering to vote, a voter must present the voter's voter registration certificate to an election officer at the polling place.

(c)  On presentation of a registration certificate, an election officer shall determine whether the voter's name on the registration certificate is on the list of registered voters for the precinct.

(d)  If the voter's name is on the precinct list of registered voters, the voter shall be accepted for voting.

(e)  On accepting a voter, an election officer shall indicate beside the voter's name on the list of registered voters that the voter is accepted for voting.

(f)  After determining whether to accept a voter, an election officer shall return the voter's registration certificate to the voter.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 797, Sec. 38, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 54, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  63.0011.  Statement Of Residence Required.

(a) Before a voter may be accepted for voting, an election officer shall ask the voter if the voter's residence address on the precinct list of registered voters is current and whether the voter has changed residence within the county.  If the voter's address is omitted from the precinct list under Section 18.005(c), the officer shall ask the voter if the voter's residence as listed on the voter's voter registration certificate is current and whether the voter has changed residence within the county.

(b)  If the voter's residence address is not current because the voter has changed residence within the county, the voter may vote, if otherwise eligible, in the election precinct in which the voter is registered if the voter resides in the county in which the voter is registered and, if applicable:

(1)  resides in the political subdivision served by the authority ordering the election if the political subdivision is other than the county; or

(2)  resides in the territory covered by the election in a less-than-countywide election ordered by the governor or a county authority.

(c)  Before being accepted for voting, the voter must execute and submit to an election officer a statement including:

(1)  a statement that the voter satisfies the applicable residence requirements prescribed by Subsection (b);

(2)  all of the information that a person must include in an application to register to vote under Section 13.002; and

(3)   the date the statement is submitted to the election officer.

(d)  The voter registrar shall provide to the general custodian of election records a sufficient number of statements of residence for use in each election.

(e)  The voter registrar shall retain each statement of residence on file with the voter's voter registration application.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 797, Sec. 39, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 594, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 927, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  63.002.  Signature Roster.

(a) A signature roster shall be maintained by an election officer at the polling place.

(b)  A voter who is accepted for voting must sign the roster before the voter is permitted to vote.

(c)  If the voter cannot sign the voter's name, an election officer shall enter the voter's name with a notation of the reason for the voter's inability to sign the roster.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 55, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  63.003.  Poll List.

(a) A poll list shall be maintained by an election officer at the polling place.

(b)  The poll list shall be maintained as an original and two copies.

(c)  An election officer shall enter each accepted voter's name on the list after the voter signs the signature roster. The voters' names shall be entered on the poll list in the same order in which they appear on the signature roster.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.



Section  63.004.  Combination Form.

(a) The secretary of state may prescribe forms that combine the poll list, the signature roster, or any other form used in connection with the acceptance of voters at polling places with each other or with the list of registered voters. The secretary shall prescribe any special instructions necessary for using the combination forms.

(b)  The authority responsible for procuring the supplies for an election may furnish combination forms for use at the polling places.

(c)  If a combination form is used, it shall be maintained in the number of copies specified by this code for the separate form incorporated into it for which the largest number of copies is required.

(d)  An authority procuring lists of registered voters for use in an election may not require the voter registrar to furnish the lists in combination form without the registrar's consent. A registrar may not require an authority requesting the lists to accept them in combination form without the authority's consent.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.



Section  63.005.  Registration Omissions List.

(a) A registration omissions list shall be maintained by an election officer at the polling place.

(b)  With respect to each voter who is accepted for voting but whose name is not on the list of registered voters for the precinct in which the voter is accepted, the election officer shall record:

(1)  the voter's name, residence address, and voter registration number, if known; and

(2)  a notation of the section of this code under which the voter is accepted that provides for accepting voters who are not on the list.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 56, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  63.006.  Voter With Correct Certificate Who Is Not On List.

(a) A voter who, when offering to vote, presents a voter registration certificate indicating that the voter is currently registered in the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote, but whose name is not on the precinct list of registered voters, shall be accepted for voting.

(b)  After the voter is accepted, an election officer shall indicate beside the voter's name on the poll list that the voter was accepted under this section.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 57, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  63.007.  Voter With Incorrect Certificate Who Is Not On List.

(a) A voter who, when offering to vote, presents a voter registration certificate indicating that the voter is currently registered in a different precinct from the one in which the voter is offering to vote, and whose name is not on the precinct list of registered voters, shall be accepted for voting if the voter executes an affidavit stating that the voter:

(1)  is a resident of the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote or is otherwise entitled by law to vote in that precinct;

(2)  was a resident of the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote at the time that information on the voter's residence address was last provided to the voter registrar;

(3)  did not deliberately provide false information to secure registration in a precinct in which the voter does not reside; and

(4)  is voting only once in the election.

(b)  After the voter is accepted, an election officer shall:

(1)  indicate beside the voter's name on the poll list that the voter was accepted under this section; and

(2)  enter on the registration omissions list the precinct of the voter's registration as indicated by the voter's registration certificate.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 58, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  63.008.  Voter Without Certificate Who Is On List. (a)

A voter who does not present a voter registration certificate when offering to vote, but whose name is on the list of registered voters for the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote, shall be accepted for voting if the voter executes an affidavit stating that the voter does not have the voter's voter registration certificate in the voter's possession at the polling place at the time of offering to vote and the voter presents proof of identification in a form described by Section 63.0101.

(b)  If the requirements prescribed by Subsection (a) are not met, the voter may be accepted for provisional voting only under Section 63.011.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 59, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1078, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1349, Sec. 27, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 25, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.



Section  63.009.  Voter Without Certificate Who Is Not On List. (a)

Except as provided by Subsection (b), a voter who does not present a voter registration certificate when offering to vote, and whose name is not on the list of registered voters for the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote, shall be accepted for provisional voting if the voter executes an affidavit in accordance with Section 63.011.

(b)  If an election officer can determine from the voter registrar that the person is a registered voter of the county and the person presents proof of identification, the affidavits required by Sections 63.007 and 63.008 are substituted for the affidavit required by Section 63.011 in complying with that section. After the voter is accepted under this subsection, an election officer shall also indicate beside the voter's name on the poll list that the voter was accepted under this section.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan, 1986. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 728, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1078, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1349, Sec. 28, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 26, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.



Section  63.0101.  Documentation Of Proof Of Identification.

The following documentation is acceptable as proof of identification under this chapter:

(1)  a driver's license or personal identification card issued to the person by the Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to the person by an agency of another state, regardless of whether the license or card has expired;

(2)  a form of identification containing the person's photograph that establishes the person's identity;

(3)  a birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person's identity;

(4)  United States citizenship papers issued to the person;

(5)  a United States passport issued to the person;

(6)  official mail addressed to the person by name from a governmental entity;

(7)  a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter; or

(8)  any other form of identification prescribed by the secretary of state.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1078, Sec. 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1349, Sec. 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 27, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.



Section 63.0102.  Use Of Certain Electronically Readable Information.

(a) An election officer may access electronically readable information on a driver's license or personal identification card for proof of identification when determining whether a voter shall be accepted for voting.

(b)  The secretary of state shall prescribe any necessary procedures to implement this section.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1189, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  63.011.  Provisional Voting.

(a) A person to whom Section 63.008(b) or 63.009(a) applies may cast a provisional ballot if the person executes an affidavit stating that the person:

(1)  is a registered voter in the precinct in which the person seeks to vote; and

(2)  is eligible to vote in the election.

(a-1)  A person to whom the early voting clerk was required to provide an early voting ballot by mail under Section 86.001 and who did not vote early by mail may cast a provisional ballot on election day if the person executes an affidavit stating that the person:

(1)  is a registered voter in the precinct in which the person seeks to vote; and

(2)  did not vote early by mail.

(b)  A form for an affidavit required by this section shall be printed on an envelope in which the provisional ballot voted by the person may be placed and must include a space for entering the identification number of the provisional ballot voted by the person.  The affidavit form may include space for disclosure of any necessary information to enable the person to register to vote under Chapter 13.  The secretary of state shall prescribe the form of the affidavit under this section.

(c)  After executing the affidavit, the person shall be given a provisional ballot for the election. An election officer shall record the number of the ballot on the space provided on the affidavit.

(d)  An election officer shall enter "provisional vote" on the poll list beside the name of each voter who is accepted for voting under this section.

(e)  A person who is permitted under a state or federal court order to cast a ballot in an election for a federal office after the time allowed by Subchapter B, Chapter 41, must cast the ballot as a provisional vote in the manner required by this section.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 28, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1078, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  63.012.  Unlawfully Accepting Or Refusing To Accept Voter.

(a) An election officer commits an offense if the officer knowingly:

(1)  permits an ineligible voter to vote other than as provided by Section 63.011; or

(2)  refuses to accept a person for voting whose acceptance is required by this code.

(b)  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 29, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.


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