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Voter Registration Legislation in the 111th Congress

Published: October 19, 2009
Bill No.Short TitleSponsorsDate IntroducedRelated BillsDescription
H.R. 103Caging Prohibition Act of 2009 [view bill text]Rep. Conyers and 10 co-sponsors [view all]January 6, 2009 [view status]S. 528This bill would prohibit election officials from preventing individuals from registering to vote or voting in any federal election or from permitting formal voter challenges to voters’ registration status or eligibility if the basis of information gathered from voter caging documents or lists or unverified match lists. It would also establish requirements of individuals who wish to challenge the voter eligibility of another individual and prohibit challenges based on voter caging documents or lists or unverified match lists.
H.J. Res. 28N/A [view res. text]Rep. Jackson March 3, 2009 [view status]N/A

This resolution would grant all U.S. citizens who are eighteen years of age or older the right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides. It would prohibit the United States, any state, or any other public or private person or entity from denying or abridging the right to vote, but allow regulations narrowly tailored to produce efficient and honest elections.

This bill would also require each state to: (1) administer public elections in the state in accordance with election performance standards established by Congress; and (2) provide any eligible voter the opportunity to register and vote on the day of any public election.

S. 528 Caging Prohibition Act of 2009 [view bill text]Sen. Whitehouse and 12 co-sponsors [view all]March 5, 2009 [view status]H.R. 103This bill would prohibit state or local election officials from preventing an individual from registering or voting (including by provisional ballot) in any election for federal office, or permitting a formal challenge under state law to an individual’s registration status or eligibility to vote in a federal election, if the sole basis for such decision or challenge is evidence consisting of: (1) a voter caging document or voter caging list; (2) an unverified match list; (3) the foreclosure status of the individual’s residence; or (4) certain information indicating a change of residence.
H.R. 1719Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2009 [view bill text]Rep. Lofgren and 9 co-sponsors [view all]March 25, 2009 [view status]N/AThis bill would amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require states to provide for online completion and submission of voter registration applications and online assistance to voters in completing these forms, among other things. It would also require states to provide a secure means for voters to update their voter registration records online. It would also amend voter registration forms to provide a space for voters to list an email address at which they can receive voter registration and voting information.
S. 1103 Voter Fraud Prevention Act [view bill text]Sen. Vitter and 14 co-sponsors [view all]May 20, 2009 [view status]N/A

This act would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prescribe standards for paid distribution of voter registration application forms and registration requirements for organizations.  This act would prohibit any individual from distributing, for compensation, a voter registration application form for federal elections in a state if the individual: (1) has been convicted of a felony under any state or federal law; (2) does not sign and print legibly the individual’s name on the form; (3) does not provide identifying information to the proper election official; or (4) does not certify, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has not received financial compensation based on the number of voter registration application forms submitted by the individual to an election official upon completion by the applicant, and that the information provided by the individual is accurate to the best of the individual’s knowledge.

S. 1556Veteran Voting Support Act of 2009 [view bill text]Sen. Feinstein and 5 co-sponsors [view all]August 3, 2009 [view status]H.R. 3335This bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to be designated as voter registration agencies, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3835 Protection Against Wrongful Voter Purges Act [view bill text]Rep. HoltOctober 15, 2009 [view status]N/A

This bill would amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to strengthen protections against the wrongful removal of individuals from the official list of eligible voters and the wrongful denial of applications for voter registration, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3957Same Day Registration Act [view text]Rep. EllisonOctober 28, 2009 [view status]S. 1986This bill would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for same day registration.
S. 1986Same Day Registration Act [view text]Sen. FeingoldOctober 28, 2009 [view status]H.R. 3957This bill would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for same day registration.
H.R. 4449Responsible Online Voter Empowerment Registration Act of 2010 [view bill text]Rep. McCarthy and 1 co-sponsor [view all]January 13, 2010 [view status]N/AThis bill would direct the Election Assistance Commission to reimburse States for costs incurred in establishing online voter registration programs, and for other purposes.