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Election Advisory No. 2021-21

To: Election Officials
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Keith Ingram's signature
Date: November 19, 2021
RE: 2021 Legislative Summary – Second and Third Special Sessions

Below is a brief summary of the election-related legislation that passed during the 87th Texas Legislature’s Second and Third Special Sessions in 2021.

All statutory references in this advisory are to the Texas Election Code (“the Code”), unless otherwise indicated.

Joint Resolutions

The Texas Legislature adopted two joint resolutions in the Second and Third Special Sessions. As a result, there will be a statewide constitutional amendment election held on May 7, 2022.

The Secretary of State (SOS) will provide additional guidance to county election officials in advance of the May 7, 2022 statewide election.

SJR 2 (2nd C.S.) (Bettencourt): “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”

SJR 2 (3rd C.S.) (Bettencourt): “The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.”

Senate Bill 13 (2nd C.S.)

Senate Bill 13 (Huffman): Establishes dates for the candidate-filing period, general primary election, and primary runoff election for the 2022 election cycle based on when legislative redistricting plans become law. Directs the SOS to set the dates of the filing period for precinct chair elections and to adjust the schedules for performing any official act relating to the 2022 election cycle as necessary for the efficient and orderly administration of the election. SB 13 takes effect on December 2, 2021. For more information about the precinct chair filing period (which began on September 14, 2021), please see Advisory 2021-12 Precinct Chair Elections and Candidate Filings for 2022. Please also review Advisory 2021-14 Impact of Redistricting on Certain Election Deadlines and Procedures.  

As a reminder, the candidate filing period for all public offices began on November 13, 2021 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on December 13, 2021. (Sec. 172.023). 

Senate Bill 1 (2nd C.S.)

Senate Bill 1 (Hughes): Amends numerous provisions in the Texas Election Code. Pursuant to Section 10.03(b) of the bill, the changes in law made by SB 1 apply only to an election ordered on or after the bill’s effective date, December 2, 2021.   

This summary will briefly discuss certain changes within each Article of SB 1. 

Article 1: General Provisions

Article 2: Registration of Voters

Article 3: Conduct and Security of Elections

Article 4: Election Officers and Observers

Article 5: Voting by Mail

Article 6: Assistance of Voters

Article 7: Fraud and Other Unlawful Practices

Article 8: Enforcement

Article 9: Ineligible Voters and Related Reforms

Article 10: Repealed Provisions

The following provisions of the Texas Election Code are repealed:

If you have any questions regarding this advisory, please contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683).