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Voter ID Legislation in the 109th Congress

Published: January 26, 2009
Bill No. Short Title Spon­sors Date Intro­duced Related Bills Descrip­tion
S. 17 Voting Oppor­tun­ity and Tech­no­logy Enhance­ment Rights Act of 2005 Dodd Janu­ary 24, 2005   Among other things, this bill would add as accept­able proof of identify for in-person voting and voting by mail an executed, writ­ten affi­davit attest­ing to one’s iden­tity.
S. 414 Voter Protec­tion Act of 2005 McCon­nell Febru­ary 17, 2005   Among other things, this bill would require all voters to provide govern­ment-issued photo ID when regis­ter­ing to vote by mail and for voting. The EAC is author­ized to make grants to state to promote the issu­ance of free photo IDs to voters, but it does not make the free issu­ance of IDs mandat­ory. Addi­tion­ally, this bill would amend the Social Secur­ity Act to require states to use indi­vidu­als’ social secur­ity numbers to estab­lish their iden­tit­ies for voter regis­tra­tion and other elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion activ­it­ies.
S. 450 Count Every Vote Act of 2005 Clin­ton Febru­ary 17, 2005 H.R. 939 This is an omni­bus elec­tion reform bill that seeks to address a number of elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion prob­lems that arose in the 2004 federal elec­tions.  Among other things, this bill would allow first-time voters who registered by mail to vote regard­less of whether they show ID so long as they execute an affi­davit of eligib­il­ity.  It also would provide funds for states to distrib­ute free photo IDs to those who do not have them.
S. Con. Res. 53   Obama Septem­ber 20, 2005 H. Con. Res. 247 This concur­rent resol­u­tion expresses the sense of Congress that any effort to impose national photo ID require­ments for voting should be rejec­ted.
H.R. 533 Voting Oppor­tun­ity and Tech­no­logy Enhance­ment Rights Act of 2005 Conyers Febru­ary 2, 2005   The provi­sions of this elec­tion reform bill are very similar to those in S. 17 and would address many elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion prob­lems in the same way.
H.R. 939 Count Every Vote Act of 2005 Jones Febru­ary 17, 2005 S. 450 This omni­bus elec­tion reform bill seeks to address a number of elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion prob­lems that arose in the 2004 federal elec­tions.  The provi­sions of this bill are similar to those in S. 450.
H.R. 2250 Valu­ing Our Trust in Elec­tions Act Green May 11, 2005 H.R. 5776 Among other things, this bill would require the present­a­tion of current, valid, govern­ment-issued photo ID in order to register to vote or to vote. The EAC can provide states with grants to subsid­ize the cost of issu­ing photo ID, with limit­a­tions.
H. Con. Res. 247   Lewis Septem­ber 20, 2005 S. Con. Res. 53 This concur­rent resol­u­tion expresses the sense of Congress that any effort to impose national photo ID require­ments for voting should be rejec­ted.
H.R. 3910 Veri­fy­ing the Outcome of Tomor­row’s Elec­tions Act of 2005 Feeney Septem­ber 27, 2005   Among other things, this bill would require voters to present current, valid, state-issued photo ID for voting. Accept­able ID must have: (1) the person’s full legal name; (2) the person’s date of birth; (3) the person’s gender; (4) the person’s number for the form of ID; (5) digital photo­graph of the person; (6) the person’s address of prin­ciple resid­ence; and (7) the person’s signa­ture.

In order to obtain the photo ID described above, a person must present: (1) a photo ID or non-photo ID that shows the person’s full legal name and date of birth; (2) docu­ment­a­tion show­ing the person’s date of birth; (3) a Social Secur­ity number or veri­fic­a­tion that the person is not eligible for an SSN; and (4) docu­ment­a­tion of name and prin­cipal resid­en­tial address. No foreign docu­ments other than an offi­cial pass­port can satisfy these require­ments.

H.R. 4462 Voter Veri­fic­a­tion Act Gingrey Decem­ber 7, 2005   This bill would amend the National Voter Regis­tra­tion Act to require indi­vidu­als to provide photo­graphic proof of citizen­ship to register to vote and to vote.  Driver’s licenses do not satisfy this require­ment unless proof of citizen­ship was required to obtain the driver’s license.
H.R. 4844 Federal Elec­tion Integ­rity Act of 2006 Hyde March 2, 2006, passed on Septem­ber 20, 2006 and received in Senate   Among other things, in order to obtain a ballot, this bill would require all voters to show a valid, current, govern­ment-issued photo ID for which the indi­vidual was required to provide proof of U.S. citizen­ship to obtain the ID. This bill also requires states to make such photo IDs avail­able to people who do not possess them at a reas­on­able cost, or in the case of indi­gent indi­vidu­als, free of charge.
H.R. 4989 Elect­oral Fair­ness Act of 2006 Holt March 16, 2006   Among other things, this bill would  require states to issue durable voter regis­tra­tion cards that include the voter’s name and address at no charge to voters that will serve as proof of regis­tra­tion at poll sites even if the indi­vidu­al’s name does not appear in the poll books. The EAC may provide grants to eligible states to cover the costs of provid­ing the voter IDs.
H.R. 5913 Voter Integ­rity Protec­tion Act of 2006 Tancredo July 26, 2006   This bill would require all voters to provide govern­ment-issued photo ID that also serves as proof of citizen­ship in order to vote.  A state-issued driver’s license is not suffi­cient iden­ti­fic­a­tion unless the state requires proof of citizen­ship to obtain a driver’s license.  States must provide photo ID free of charge to people who do not possess it.  The EAC is required to provide states grants to cover the cost of provid­ing such photo IDs to people.