UPDATE: This committee meeting was cancelled at the last minute.
Rumors about a new voter identification measure have been swirling around the legislature for some time, and if it comes out at any point this session, it will likely be today.
House members on the Elections and Ethics Law Committee are set to meet today at 10:15 a.m. in room 643 of the Legislative Office Building to vote on an elections measure that will replace Senate Bill 486, the Uniform Voting Hours Act.
A proposed committee substitute, titled “An act to make various changes related to election laws” was unveiled late Tuesday night but has not yet been made available online. Committee members were directed in an email to submit any potential amendments to the PCS by the end of business yesterday.
The PCS, posted below, seeks to add several election security measures proposed by the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, including criminal record checks for current, temporary and prospective employees.
The bill prohibits losing primary election candidates from being on the general election ballot as a candidate for a new political party.
It also sets out some instruction for judicial elections, since the judicial primaries were cancelled this year. Voters will read the following on the ballot before seeing a list of judicial candidates: “No primaries for judicial office were held in 2018. The information listed by each of the following candidates’ names indicates only the candidates’ party affiliation or unaffiliated status on their voter registration at the time they filed to run for office.”
You can see other changes below: