Summary

1/23/2013--Introduced.Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 - Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2013 - Amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to require each state to make... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 23, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Voter Empowerment Act of 2013''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--VOTER REGISTRATION MODERNIZATION

Sec. 100. Short title. Subtitle A--Promoting Internet Registration

Sec. 101. Requiring availability of Internet for voter registration. Sec. 102. Use of Internet to update registration information. Sec. 103. Provision of election information by electronic mail to individuals registered to vote. Sec. 104. Clarification of requirement regarding necessary information to show eligibility to vote. Sec. 105. Effective date. Subtitle B--Automated Registration of Certain Individuals

Sec. 111. Automated voter registration. Sec. 112. List maintenance, privacy, and security. Sec. 113. Promoting accuracy of Statewide voter registration lists. Sec. 114. Definitions. Sec. 115. Effective date. Subtitle C--Other Initiatives To Promote Voter Registration

Sec. 121. Same day registration. Sec. 122. Acceptance of voter registration applications from individuals under 18 years of age. Sec. 123. Annual reports on voter registration statistics. Subtitle D--Availability of HAVA Requirements Payments

Sec. 131. Availability of requirements payments under HAVA to cover costs of compliance with new requirements. Subtitle E--Prohibiting Interference With Voter Registration

Sec. 141. Prohibiting hindering, interfering with,...

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97 Supporting
123 Opposing
44% 56%

State: CA

10 Supporting
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71% 29%

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What is the Voter Empowerment Act? The Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12, S. 123) is an omnibus bill that would improve American elections in a number of ways. The Act would: Modernize voter registration and move us toward a system in which nearly every eligible voter is on the rolls and able to vote. Protect against many of the tactics that have been used to suppress the vote, including partisan challenges of someone?s voter registration status and other deceptive practices. Secure our democracy and ensure a smooth voting process by requiring paper trails for voting equipment, ballot audits and bolstering poll worker training. Improve our electoral process with reforms such as early voting and vote by mail. Why Do We Need It? The Voter Empowerment Act comes after a recent election that truly tested the resilience of our democracy. Not only did our country experience a campaign in which over $6 billion was spent, due to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling Citizens United, politicians in many states sought to alter voting rules to give their side an advantage. This was new wave of voter suppression laws intended to keep eligible citizens from participating in elections. This is completely antithetical to who we are as Americans. We need the Voter Empowerment Act to not only push back against unfair manipulation of our election system, but strengthen our democracy and level playing field for everyone. http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8542947

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Common Cause 1 year ago

Supports the Voter Empowerment Act, which will modernize the voter registration system to expand access to the polls and decrease barriers to voting, prohibit voter caging and deceptive practices, and increase accountability and integrity among election officials and poll workers. http://napaba.org/uploads/napaba/2013CBAC-R14.pdf

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Users Supporting

I support S. 123 The Voter Empowerment Act because... Modernization. The population is getting too large to sustain the antiquated voting process as it is.

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AZ
1
garylob
AZ-1
2 months ago

I support The Voter Empowerment Act because a lot of blood was spilled by BRAVE Americans seeking social justice for ALL PEOPLE --ALL races and genders -- to give them the RIGHT to VOTE...NOW we are called upon again to protect this right! Please co-sponser S123. THANK YOU for doing the right thing. MY VOTE for you will depend on what you do.

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CA
24
LoisHamilton
CA-24
6 months ago

I support The Voter Empowerment Act because...One need only look at the numerous and not so subtle attempts to suppress the vote by Republican controlled states in 2012 to see why we still need the Voting Rights Act and why we still need section 5.

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NY
18
farrellkej
NY-18
9 months ago

I support The Voter Empowerment 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 S. 123: Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 because the American citizen should have the best and most accurate and verified system in the world. We can do this but once again the roles must be cleaned, Id's must be use to register and verified. Only those who are Americans should vote and it should be easy and user friendly. There is no excuse for voting to not be clean and 100% accurate in this country. But even one percent less accurate than 100% accurate is not acceptable. Clean up the voter roles and get Americans only voting.

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AZ
5
clittle
AZ-5
1 year ago

I support S. 123: Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 because it ensures integrity in our elections at every level. It covers voting rights, chain of custody for ballots, training for those who administer and count the votes, as well as providing both funding and instituting actual penalties for those who corrupt the process. These are issues that are crucial to our democracy. I hope you will co-sponsor this bill.

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IL
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jeanne72
IL-10
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because the actual purpose of this bill is to empower FRAUD. One-person-one-vote, and fair, honest, elections is more important than making voting easy. Voters should be required to show photo IDs which verify the address of their residence. There should be an adequate time limit before voting for newly registered voters so that their credentials may be checked. Laws should require regular and vigorous purging of voter rolls.

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FL
27
Anonymous491228
FL-27
4 months ago

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because...NO OBAMACARE, NO AMNESTY, STOP SPENDING, STOP CREDIT/BORROWING, PAY OFF ALL DEBT BEFORE INCREASE OF CREDIT LIMIT, STOP CISPA, STOP FISA, ABOLISH THE IRS/FED-RESV, STOP ABORTIONS, NO GUN CONTROL, NO UN - GET THE UN OUT OF THE USA, NO INTERNET SALES TAX , NO LAW INTRODUCED TO COMMITTEE UNLESS FOUNDED ON THE CONSTITUTION, ONE AND ONLY SINGLE TERM LIMITS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATIVES, SECURE AND CLOSE ALL PORTS/HARBOR AND BOARDERS IMMEDIATELY, SECURE ALL OUR BOARDERS - NO AMNESTY COMPASSIONATE PLUS FIRM DEPORTATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND ULTRA-VETTING OF POTUS CANDIDATES TO THE CONSTITUTION!! STOP EBOLA - NO NO NO ENTRY TO USA FROM EBOLA COUNTRIES! SEAL THE BOARDERS/PORTS. STRENGTHEN OUR USA SOVEREIGNITY ON THE FOUDATIONS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION!

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KY
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tarawa1943
KY-6
4 months ago

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because...this is another "Pelosi Special," i.e., it has to be passed to find out what's in it. Waaayyyyyyy too many possible interpretations and variables. At the very least, why should voting "rights" be subject to far fewer federal restrictions than, oh, say, Second Amendment "rights"? Why shouldn't they be treated exactly the same? And internet registration? Is this a joke? How many times in the past two years has _your_ credit card been changed because of hacker intrusion? Any reasons to believe voter registration rolls would be less vulnerable? Why not just invite the entire world to participate in U.S. elections? Sorry; this bill makes far too many Utopian assumptions to be even slightly useful. Thanks for your attention.

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WA
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Anonymous399896
WA-3
4 months ago

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because... I am for a secure internet program but, fear massive fraud would be possible like other mail and internet crime and hacking. I also don't think we can trust many voting places to cast fair voting if in a strong democrat area run by democratic poll people to give a fair count..this is a huge problem. We need voting machines to also go directly to a 2 central third parties that are from both parties to verify voting numbers

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IN
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Bill-Of-Rights
IN-4
4 months ago

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because I do not believe that Felons should vote.

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FL
3
ScotchLead
FL-3
5 months ago

I oppose The Voter Empowerment Act because... This bill would make it possible for people to register to vote with no proof whatever of citizenship or eligibility. How is that an improvement?

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ID
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Tacitus01
ID-2
5 months ago

Bill Summary

1/23/2013--Introduced.Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 - Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2013 - Amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to require each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration. Authorizes automated voter registration of certain individuals and establishes other initiatives to promote voter registration, such as same day registration and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age. Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration. Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to establish requirements for states to promote access to voter registration and voting for individuals with disabilities, including a single office for providing related information. Directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to make grants to eligible states to conduct pilot programs enabling individuals with disabilities to register to vote and vote privately and independently at their own residences (including by telephone). Amends HAVA to reauthorize the program of grants to state and local governments to assure voting access for individuals with disabilities. Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit state or local election officials from preventing an individual from registering or voting in any federal election (voter caging), or from permitting a formal challenge under state law to an individual's registration status or eligibility to vote, if the basis for such decision is evidence consisting of: (1) a voter caging document or voter caging list, (2) an unverified match list, (3) an error or omission on voter application or registration documents that is not material to an individual's eligibility to vote, or (4) any other evidence so designated by the Commission. Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit a person, including an election official, from knowingly and willfully attempting to or depriving or defrauding the residents of a state of their free and fair exercise of the right to vote by the communication of election-related information that is known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent. Increases the penalty for voter intimidation. Declares that the right of an individual U.S. citizen to vote in any federal election shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless he or she is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution at the time of the election. Prescribes enforcement of this right by public or private civil action. Requires each state to notify in writing any individual convicted of a criminal offense under state law, upon release from state custody or upon sentence to probation, that he or she has the right to vote in a federal election and so may register to vote. Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2013 - Amends HAVA to revise requirements for the audit capacity of voting systems, particularly those for a permanent paper record. Requires the voting system to require the use of an individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballot of the voter's vote that shall be marked and made available for inspection by the voter before the voter's vote is cast and counted, and which shall be counted by hand or read by an optical character recognition device or other counting device. Requires the voting system to provide the voter with an opportunity to correct any system-made error in the voter-verified paper ballot before it is permanently preserved. Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make grants to eligible entities to study, test, and develop accessible ballot voting, verification, and casting mechanisms and devices and best practices to enhance the accessibility of paper ballot voting and verification mechanisms for individuals with disabilities, for voters whose primary language is not English, and for voters with difficulties in literacy. Prescribes requirements for: (1) publication of poll tapes, (2) treatment of ballots cast at early voting sites and of absentee ballots, and (3) the counting of provisional ballots that will be treated as votes. Prescribes laboratory conflict-of-interest requirements and prohibitions. Requires the NSF Director to make grants to eligible entities to conduct research on the development of election-dedicated voting system software. Requires each state, except when the winning candidate had no opponent or received 80% or more of the votes, to administer audits of federal election results, without advance notice to the precincts selected, consisting of random hand counts of the voter-verified paper ballots. Requires the Election Auditor of a state, as soon as practicable after the completion of an audit, to submit the results to EAC for publication. Prohibits certification of the results of any election until completion of audits. Amends HAVA to: (1) add requirements for counting provisional ballots, (2) require each state to allow early voting and facilitate the ability of voters to vote by mail. Amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend the guarantee of voting residency to family members of absent military personnel. Amends the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act with respect to pre-election reports on availability and transmission of absentee ballots. Revises the 45-day absentee ballot transmission rule. Permits use of a single absentee ballot application for subsequent elections. Entitles to leave a federal employee who serves as a poll worker. Directs the EAC to: (1) make a grant to each eligible state for poll-worker recruitment and training, and (2) develop materials for a model state poll worker training program. Amends HAVA to make available to any person aggrieved by a violation of uniform and nondiscriminatory election technology and administration requirements the option to file a complaint with the Attorney General or pursue a private right of action to enforce such requirements. Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to make it unlawful for a chief state election administration official, unless he or she or a family member is a candidate, to take an active part in political management or in a political campaign for federal office over which such official has supervisory authority. Amends NVRA to treat universities as voter registration agencies. Amends HAVA to establish minimum notification requirements on behalf of voters affected by polling place changes. Directs the Attorney General to: (1) coordinate the establishment of a state-based response system for responding to questions and complaints from individuals voting or seeking to vote, or registering to vote or seeking to, in federal elections; (2) establish and operate a toll-free telephone service to connect directly to such response system; and (3) appoint a Voter Hotline Task Force. Makes requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and HAVA applicable to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Amends HAVA to: (1) reauthorize and extend the EAC, and (2) repeal its exemption from certain government contracting requirements.

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