Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 - Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a state or local election official from requiring an individual to:... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

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...

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77 Supporting
178 Opposing
30% 70%

State: CA

6 Supporting
4 Opposing
60% 40%

District: 1st

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Organizations Supporting

Supports the Voter Access Protection Act, which would prohibit election officials from requiring individuals to provide photo identification in order to vote in an election for federal office or register to vote in an election for federal office. http://napaba.org/uploads/napaba/2013CBAC-R14.pdf

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PDA endorses this legislation because it restores fairness to voting. Photo ID deliberately targets women, the poor, communities of color and the elderly who are most likely to not have this type of ID. This also targets rural voters who because of strong community ties have never felt the need to have this type of ID.

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Users Supporting

I support The Voter Access Protection Act because…its purpose is to suppress votes, not everyone has a drivers license, esp poor people.

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AZ
2
jennarosa
AZ-2
11 months ago

I support The Voter Access Protection Act because....It is really more important than any other piece of legislation because if prospective voters are blocked from voting, the election results will not represent the electorate and will perpetuate the dismantled state of all legislation and our democracy..

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NY
10
bfeldman
NY-10
1 year ago

I support H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because clearly about half of the states in the US are now trying to uses voter ID laws to disenfranchise anyone who does not vote the conservative party line. We are well on our way to conservative totalitarianism if these voter suppression laws are not defeated.

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TX
24
CrabcakeGirl
TX-24
1 year ago

I support H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because...Photo ID requirements are just another form of disenfranchisement. Nothing more.

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KY
6
meacara
KY-6
1 year ago

I support The Voter Access Protection Act because the extremely rare occurrence of fraud by voter impersonation at the polls is completely overshadowed by the significant number of persons who don't have a photo ID. In fact there is evidence of persons using photo ID to vote illegitimately in more than one state. Moreover, if voter fraud by impersonation were really a problem, it would not be difficult for such fraudsters to obtain a fake ID - very good ones are advertised on the Internet.

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NM
3
PaulStokes
NM-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because voter ID laws make it more difficult for people to vote and target only certain groups. As an out-of-student I would have trouble voting in my state because I wouldn't have a valid ID. This bill is necessary to promote voter turnout.

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WI
3
Fox142504
WI-3
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Voter Access Protection Act because this is a no-brainer. If the person cannot be responsible enough to bring their valid photo id, then they should not be allowed to vote. A photo id is required to conduct almost all other transactions that we have with banks, transportation, or government entities. We cannot even work legally in the US without a photo ID. The only purpose of this bill is to promote and enable voter fraud.

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TX
2
Anonymous75080
TX-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because... proof of Voter Identification is essential to creating integrity in the process of elections. If people cannot prove who they are and that they are legal citizens of this country they should not be voting in elections.

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CO
6
HuangFeiHong546
CO-6
1 year ago

I oppose The Voter Access Protection Act because... An Id should be required when voting it and each state should give free Id when registering to Vote with Proof of citizenship other wise how can we be sure that people have only one vote and that they are legal citizens

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OK
3
dr.roy
OK-3
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because...it will allow and even promote voter fraud. I have to show my id at the doctor's office now...why would it make sense to NOT require ID to vote for our governmental officials. Vote no on the stupid piece of legislation!

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KY
6
Wokeup
KY-6
1 year ago

I fully oppose H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013. This bill is aimed squarely at allowing persons not eligible to vote the ability to cast fraudulent votes. As Americans we are required to show some form of photo identification for everything from traffic violation to cashing checks, using a credit/debit card and buying alcohol. There is no reason that a government issued photo identification card should not be required to help prevent voter fraud. In fact I would like to see legislation requiring individuals to showing identification to vote, and proof of citizenship to register to vote.

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VA
1
Anonymous19254339
VA-1
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 281: Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 because...I have to show I.D. to purchase a firearm and that is not half as dangerous as a bunch of illegals voting. It's obvious that voter fraud benefits liberals. Why else would you propose this bill??????

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NC
1
JCR67
NC-1
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Voter Access Protection Act of 2013 - Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a state or local election official from requiring an individual to: (1) present a photo identification (or a copy if voting by mail) as a condition for receiving or casting a ballot in any election for federal office, or (2) cast a provisional ballot solely on the grounds that the individual does not present a photo identification at the polling place. Prohibits a state or local election election official from requiring an individual to provide a photo identification (or a copy if registering by mail) as a condition of registering to vote in an election for federal office.

H.R. 280 Same Day Registration Act of 2013 H.R. 282The Returned Exclusively For Unpaid National Debt Act