Bills in Texas and Tennessee could create new criminal and civil penalties for errors on voter registrations.

Vox,  April 27, 2019

The Tennessee bill...would fine voter registration groups who “knowingly or intentionally” submit incomplete or inaccurate registration forms.

The penalties are based on the number of “deficient” voter registration forms they submit; groups submitting more than 500 incomplete forms could be fined as much as $10,000, while those submitting more than 100 incomplete forms could be fined as much as $2,000.

According to the Associated Press, the bill also makes it a Class A misdemeanor — which is punishable by a maximum $2,500 fine and/or jail time — for registration drive organizers to miss training sessions led by state officials, or for groups to pay a person based on a voter registration quota. The measure also requires organizations to mail in collected voter registrations within a 10-day window or face additional penalties. ...

In Texas, lawmakers are considering a measure that would make it a felony, punishable by jail time and a fine of up to $10,000, for a person to put false information on a voter registration form (which is currently a misdemeanor) or to vote despite being ineligible to cast a ballot.

By P.R. Lockhart

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