A bill under consideration by the Texas legislature, HB 574, makes election fraud in the state a second degree felony, rather than a class A misdemeanor.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the prevention of fraud in the conduct of an election.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Sections 276.013(a) and (b), Election Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 276.013. ELECTION FRAUD. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally makes any effort to:
(1) influence the independent exercise of the vote of another in the presence of the ballot or during the voting process;
(2) cause a voter to become registered, a ballot to be obtained, or a vote to be cast under false pretenses; [or]
(3) count invalid votes or alter a report to include invalid votes;
(4) fail to count valid votes or alter a report to exclude valid votes; or
(5) cause any intentionally misleading statement, representation, or information to be provided:
(A) to an election official; or
(B) on an application for ballot by mail, carrier envelope, or any other official election-related form or document.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.