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S 250 - Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities - Key Vote

National Key Votes

John Kerry Co-Sponsored (Introduced) this Legislation.

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Legislation - Veto Override Failed (Senate) (62-38) -
Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (268-153) -

Title: Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill that establishes a uniform, nation-wide voter registration system by submitting it through attaining of a motor vehicle driver's license, mailed application, or in person at a designated Federal, State or non-governmental office.

Highlights:
- Requires each State motor vehicles driver's license application to also serve as an application for voter registration, while providing the opportunity for the applicant to decline in writing to be registered to vote via a drivers license application [Sec. 5 (a)]. - Requires each State to accept and use the mail voter registration application form as provided by the Federal Election Commission [Sec. 6 (a)(1)]. - Requires each State to distribute voter registration material and assistance at offices that provide public assistance, unemployment compensation and other related services on behalf of both the State and Federal government [Sec. 7 (a)]. - Requires any State program to provide an accurate and current voter registration list for elections for Federal office that [Sec. 8 (b)]: - Is uniform and nondiscriminatory; and - Has not removed the name of any person from the official list of registered voters for failing to vote. - Prohibits a State from removing the name of a voter from the official list of voters on the grounds that the registrant has moved, unless the voter [Sec. 8 (c)]: - Confirms in writing that he/she has changed residence to outside the jurisdiction; or - Has failed to respond to the registrar and has not appeared to vote. - Allows the opportunity for a person to vote who has changed address even without notifying the registrar [Sec. 8 (e)]. - Requires that in the event of a change of address, within the same jurisdiction, the registrar shall correct the voting list accordingly and prohibits that voter's name from being removed from the registry of eligible voters by reason of change of address [Sec. 8 (2)(A)].
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (61-38) -

Title: Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill that establishes a uniform, nation-wide voter registration system by submitting it through attaining of a motor vehicle driver's license, mailed application, or in person at a designated Federal, State or non-governmental office.

Highlights:
- Requires each State motor vehicles driver's license application to also serve as an application for voter registration, while providing the opportunity for the applicant to decline in writing to be registered to vote via a drivers license application [Sec. 5 (a)]. - Requires each State to accept and use the mail voter registration application form as provided by the Federal Election Commission [Sec. 6 (a)(1)]. - Requires each State to distribute voter registration material and assistance at offices that provide public assistance, unemployment compensation and other related services on behalf of both the State and Federal government [Sec. 7 (a)]. - Requires any State program to provide an accurate and current voter registration list for elections for Federal office that [Sec. 8 (b)]: - Is uniform and nondiscriminatory; and - Has not removed the name of any person from the official list of registered voters for failing to vote. - Prohibits a State from removing the name of a voter from the official list of voters on the grounds that the registrant has moved, unless the voter [Sec. 8 (c)]: - Confirms in writing that he/she has changed residence to outside the jurisdiction; or - Has failed to respond to the registrar and has not appeared to vote. - Allows the opportunity for a person to vote who has changed address even without notifying the registrar [Sec. 8 (e)]. - Requires that in the event of a change of address, within the same jurisdiction, the registrar shall correct the voting list accordingly and prohibits that voter's name from being removed from the registry of eligible voters by reason of change of address [Sec. 8 (2)(A)].
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities

Sponsors

  • Wendell H. Ford (KY - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Brock Adams (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel Kahikina Akaka Sr. (HI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lloyd Milliard Bentsen Jr. (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph Robinette 'Joe' Biden Jr. (DE - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jeff Bingaman (NM - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill Bradley (NJ - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John B. Breaux (LA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Kent Conrad (ND - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Alan Cranston (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas A. 'Tom' Daschle (SD - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Dennis DeConcini (AZ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher J. 'Chris' Dodd (CT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dave Durenberger (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Exon (NE - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John Glenn (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Albert Arnold 'Al' Gore Jr. (TN - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark O. Hatfield (OR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel K. Inouye (HI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • J. Bennett Johnston (LA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John Forbes Kerry (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Herbert H. 'Herb' Kohl (WI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph I. 'Joe' Lieberman (CT - I) (Out Of Office)
  • George J. Mitchell (ME - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Bob Packwood (OR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Claiborne 'Clay' Pell (RI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul S. Sarbanes (MD - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul Simon (IL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul D. Wellstone (MN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tim Wirth (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Harris Wofford Jr. (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
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