Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act or FAST Voting Act - Directs the Attorney General to award grants, on a competitive basis, to enable states to: (1)... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To provide incentives for States to invest in practices and technology that are designed to expedite voting at the polls and to simplify voter registration.

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 ``Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act'' or the ``FAST Voting Act''.

SEC. 2. INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO INVEST IN PRACTICES AND TECHNOLOGY THAT ARE DESIGNED TO EXPEDITE VOTING AT THE POLLS AND SIMPLIFY VOTER REGISTRATION.

(a) Purposes.--The purposes of this section are to-- (1) provide incentives for States to invest in practices and technology that are designed to expedite voting at the polls; and (2) provide incentives for States to simplify voter registration. (b) Reservation of Funds.--From the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year, the Attorney General may reserve not more than 10 percent of such amount to carry out activities related to-- (1) technical assistance; and (2) outreach and dissemination. (c) Program Authorized.-- (1) In general.--From the amounts made available under subsection (h) for a fiscal year and not reserved under subsection (b), the Attorney General shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to States in accordance with subsection (d)(2), to enable the States to carry out the purposes of this section. (2) Number of grants.--A State may not receive more than 1 grant under this section per grant period. (3) Duration of grants.-- (A) In...

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30 Supporting
65 Opposing
32% 68%

State: CA

1 Supporting
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20% 80%

District: 1st

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Organizations Supporting

Voting is a right. Voting should be fair, accurate, S secure, and timely. We have enough history and experience as a democracy to have the best voting system in the world. So why are state governments restricting voting, making it harder, making lines longer, even refusing to allow someone to get out of line to go to the bathroom.. these legislators should be penalized and sanctioned for legislating destructive voting policies and procedures. Even though H.R. 97 has died in committee it needs to be resurrected to be applied to all states.

Kick Butt Liberals 1 year ago

Organizations Opposing

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Users Supporting

I support The Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act (FAST Voting Act) because every American citizen's right to vote should be protected - NOT JUST REPUBLICANS!

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TN
3
wpaulp51
TN-3
9 months ago

I support The Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act (FAST Voting Act) because no one should have to climb mountains just to vote. The vote is one of our more important freedoms, and the right to exercise that freedom must not be hampered.

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OR
1
sho43
OR-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 97 ("To provide incentives for States to invest in practices and technology that are designed to") because... I believe that it is the duty of our elected officials to help facilitate the voting process -- the basis for our democracy! Voting practices and procedures in this country are antiquated to the point of absurdity and leave far too much room for corruption (this citizen is particularly preocupied by the number of "misplaced" bags of absentee votes in the recent presidential election). Members of the 113th Congress: please support this bill and reassure your constituents that elections with hanging chads or 3-hour wait times are a thing of the past. As a Northern Virginian, I am proud that Gerry Connolly is leading this fight through H.R. 97 and also thank Mark Warner for his recent efforts in co-sponsoring S. 3635. I do not, however, understand why this issue has become so intensely partisan -- voting is a right of every law-abiding citizen in this country, regardless of his/her political affiliation, and we currently face too many obstacles in exercising that right. Please make H.R. 97 one of your priorities.

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VA
11
alisont
VA-11
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because states are responsible to make sure all their votes count. Making voting registration easier concerns me, because there is already too much fraud. States already have provisions for registration that are easy enough.

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PA
11
as1orig
PA-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because...Liberals looking for ways to steal votes again.

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MO
4
mackelby
MO-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because...Voting at the local level is not the business of the federal government as long as the Constitution is NOT being violated. HAVING TO STAND IN LINE IS NOT A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. As long as the polling place does not close and prevent someone from ACTUALLY CASTING his or her vote; people standing in line should be happy that so many people are doing their civic duty.

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ID
1
Francis525
ID-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because... The Federal government has already inposed such things on Kentucky. The speed of voting is based on the speed of the voter. Also, The Constitution does not define this as a responsibility of the Federal Government. Tenth Amendment says “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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KY
4
Anonymous306048
KY-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because...voter fraud increases...It is a Privledge to vote...they stood for days in Iraq to vote...we can stand in line here also.

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AZ
2
jcfred
AZ-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 97: Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting because registering to vote is already a simple process. Most states allow for voter registration at the same time you apply for a driver license. This also allows for checks and balances helping to ensure that only citizens of the United States are able to register to vote.

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VA
7
CraigBabich
VA-7
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act or FAST Voting Act - Directs the Attorney General to award grants, on a competitive basis, to enable states to: (1) invest in practices and technology designed to expedite voting at the polls, and (2) simplify voter registration. Requires the grant application to include a comprehensive and coherent plan for using funds to improve the applicant's performance on specified measures with respect to: (1) flexible registration opportunities, (2) early voting, (3) assistance to non-English speaking voters, and (4) other related matters. Requires each grantee to establish performance measures and targets, approved by the Attorney General, that track its progress in implementing its plan and expediting voting at the polls or simplifying voter registration, as applicable.

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