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Provisional Ballots Legislation in the 111th Congress

Published: October 22, 2009
Bill No.Short TitleSponsorsDate IntroducedRelated BillsDescription
H.R. 3552 Provisional Ballot Fairness in Counting Act of 2009 [view bill text]Rep. Holt September 10, 2009 [view status]N/A

This bill would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to revise requirements for the treatment of provisional ballots in federal elections. 

This bill would prohibit any election recount until all provisional votes have been counted. It would also require the chief state election official, in determining whether to count a provisional vote, to review not only official registered voter lists but also any information an individual voter submitted during the registration process. 

This bill would require a provisional ballot in a federal election to be treated as a voter registration application if it is rejected on the ground that the individual is not registered to vote in the election.