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Texas Penal Code, Section 33.05 - Tampering with Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machine

CHAPTER 33. COMPUTER CRIMES

§ 33.05.  TAMPERING WITH DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE.  (a)  In this section:

(1)  "Direct recording electronic voting machine" has the meaning assigned by Section 121.003, Election Code.

(2)  "Measure" has the meaning assigned by Section 1.005, Election Code.

(b)  A person commits an offense if the person knowingly accesses a computer, computer network, computer program, computer software, or computer system that is a part of a voting system that uses direct recording electronic voting machines and by means of that access:

(1)  prevents a person from lawfully casting a vote;

(2)  changes a lawfully cast vote;

(3)  prevents a lawfully cast vote from being counted; or

(4)  causes a vote that was not lawfully cast to be counted.

(c)  An offense under this section does not require that the votes as affected by the person's actions described by Subsection (b) actually be the votes used in the official determination of the outcome of the election.

(d)  An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree.

(e)  Notwithstanding Section 15.01(d), an offense under Section 15.01(a) is a felony of the third degree if the offense the actor intends to commit is an offense under this section.


Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 470, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

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