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HR 3295 - Help America Vote Act of 2002 - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Ben Nelson voted Yea (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

Read statements Ben Nelson made in this general time period.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 107-252 -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (92-2) - (Key vote)

Title: Help America Vote Act of 2002

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes $3.9 billion of Federal funds to reform the current election process by requiring States and localities to create new programs and to meet election technology and administration standards by 2005.

Highlights:
  • $325 million to replace punch card and lever voting machines by the 2004 elections.
  • $325 million for states to improve their election administration, with each state guaranteed at least $5 million.
  • Establishes an Election Assistance Commission of four members, appointed by the President, that would issue voluntary guidelines and requirements for voting systems, and would test and certify voting systems and review election issues.
  • Allows voters to check for and correct ballot mistakes.
  • Provides $5 million in fiscal year 2003, and necessary sums thereafter to establish the "Help America Vote College Program" to encourage college and high school students to volunteer as poll workers.
  • Requires precincts to provide at least one voting machine accessible to disabled citizens.
  • Requires improved ballot access for military personnel and citizens living overseas.
  • Allows first-time voters to cast provisional ballots if valid identification is not provided by the voter.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (357-48) - (Key vote)

Title: Help America Vote Act of 2002

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes $3.9 billion of Federal funds to reform the current election process by requiring States and localities to create new programs and to meet election technology and administration standards by 2005.

Highlights:
  • $325 million to replace punch card and lever voting machines by the 2004 elections.
  • $325 million for states to improve their election administration, with each state guaranteed at least $5 million.
  • Establishes an Election Assistance Commission of four members, appointed by the President, that would issue voluntary guidelines and requirements for voting systems, and would test and certify voting systems and review election issues.
  • Allows voters to check for and correct ballot mistakes.
  • Provides $5 million in fiscal year 2003, and necessary sums thereafter to establish the "Help America Vote College Program" to encourage college and high school students to volunteer as poll workers.
  • Requires precincts to provide at least one voting machine accessible to disabled citizens.
  • Requires improved ballot access for military personnel and citizens living overseas.
  • Allows first-time voters to cast provisional ballots if valid identification is not provided by the voter.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (362-63) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Help America Vote Act of 2002

Sponsors

  • Robert William 'Bob' Ney (OH - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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