The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (H.R. 1281 and S. 453) would criminalize the knowing and intentional communication of false and misleading information about the time, place, or manner of elections, and the rules governing voter eligibility and voter registration. It would also ensure that voters affected by deceptive or intimidating practices are provided with correct information from a reliable source in a timely manner.
On Monday, June 25, 2007, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1281 by a voice vote.
On Thursday, September 6, 2007, The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary passed S. 453.
- View H.R. 1281: Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007
- View S. 453: Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007
News, Editorials, and Op-Eds on Deceptive Practices Legislation:
- In Defense of Voting Rights (Editorial, New York Times, 11/5/07)
- New Americans Step Forward (Editorial, Boston Globe, 7/30/07)
- House Bill Would Make Voter Deception a Federal Crime (San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/25/07)
- Suppressing the Vote (The Nation, 6/24/07)
- Cardin Promotes Campaign-Tactics Legislation (Washington Post, 6/7/07)
- Emanuel, Conyers, Holt, Becerra, Honda, Ellison: Fighting to End Vote Suppression, Introduce Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (3/1/07)
- Cardin Backs Bill to Protect Voters (Washington Post, 2/1/07)
- Senate Bill Targets Suppression of Voters (Los Angeles Times, 2/1/07)
- Obama-Schumer Bill Proposal Would Criminalize Voter Intimidation (New York Times, 1/31/07)