To prohibit election officials from requiring individuals to provide photo identification as a condition of obtaining or casting a ballot in an election for Federal office or registering to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Voter Access Protection Act of 2013''.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITING STATES FROM IMPOSING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING OR REGISTERING TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS.
(a) Prohibition.-- (1) In general.--Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15481 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 303 the following new section:
``SEC. 303A. PROHIBITING ELECTION OFFICIALS FROM REQUIRING INDIVIDUALS TO PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
``(a) Photo Identification as a Condition of Voting.--Except to the extent permitted under section 303(b), a State or local election official may not-- ``(1) require an individual to present a photo identification (or, in the case of an individual who desires to vote by mail, a copy of a photo identification) as a condition of obtaining or casting a ballot in an election for Federal office; or ``(2) require an individual to cast a provisional ballot under section 302 solely on the grounds that the individual does not present a photo identification at the polling place. ``(b) Photo Identification as a Condition of Registering To Vote.-- A State or local election official may not require...