Poll Watcher Legislation Notice

State Affairs Committee Hearing - Monday, 3/27/2023 - Extremely Important Bills



There is an extremely important State Affairs hearing at the Texas Capitol on Monday, starting at 9:00 AM.




Please review these bills and, if you can, be in Austin to testify on these bills.


Remember, these committee members represent all of Texas in their capacity as committee members.


They need to hear from us!


Here are the bills:


SB 397         Hall                      

Relating to the procedure for closing a polling place. (early voting tapes required to be printed at close of EV).  This is a bill that is a good start, but we want to advocate changes so that poll watchers at Cental Count are not prevented from observing these tapes.


SB 1907        Bettencourt

Relating to preparing and delivering precinct election returns; increasing a criminal penalty.


SB 990         Hall                      

Relating to elimination of the countywide polling place program.


SB 1039        Bettencourt | et al.     

Relating to processes to address election irregularities; providing a civil penalty.


SB 1661        Hughes                    

Relating to the systems used in a central counting station.


SB 1911        Bettencourt              

Relating to increasing the criminal penalty for certain offenses related to elections.


Also being heard on Monday will be SB 1938 and SB 1950 which are less germane to poll watching but are important bills as well if you want to look at those on the Texas Senate website.


If you can’t be there, here are the Committee members’ email addresses (including 2-3 others not on the Committee but need to hear from us).


Copy paste these email addresses into the “to” field to provide your comments on the bills:



To provide verbal comments to Senator Hughes’ office, call: (512) 463-0101


Vice Chair Angela Paxton can be reached at: (512) 463-0108



Thank you everyone!


Wes Bowen

DCRP Election Integrity Committee Chair 


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