Key Votes

2012 All Campaign Finance and Elections Key Votes

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10/18 NJ A 2870 Establishes Online Vote Registration Bill Passed - House (46 - 30) 9/19 NA HR 5912 Prohibits Public Funding for Political Party Conventions Bill Passed - House (310 - 95) 8/29 CA ACA 10 Limits Citizen-led Initiatives to Amend the State Constitution Amendment Rejected - House (41 - 30) 8/27 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 29) 8/23 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 6/27 CA AB 1499 Ballot Order for Statewide Measures Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 24) 6/27 CA AB 1499 Ballot Order for Statewide Measures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15) 6/13 MI SB 803 Requires Proof of Citizenship to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 6/13 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 6/12 MI SB 803 Requires Proof of Citizenship to Vote Bill Passed - House (67 - 43) 6/12 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (66 - 43) 5/31 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (47 - 26) 5/29 LA HB 209 Reduces Voting Hours Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11) 5/24 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 5/24 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36) 5/22 LA HB 292 School Board Member Term Limits Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16) 5/22 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 5/21 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35) 5/10 KS SB 102 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (67 - 50) 5/08 OH SB 295 Repealing Provisions of the Election Revision Code Bill Passed - House (54 - 42) 5/08 CT HB 5556 Requires Corporations to Identify Top Donors for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 5/08 CT HB 5556 Requires Corporations to Identify Top Donors for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (94 - 54) 5/05 CT HB 5024 Authorizes Election Day Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 5/03 MS JR 201 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (70 - 50) 5/02 MS JR 1 State House Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 14) 5/02 MS JR 201 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 5) 4/30 CT HB 5024 Authorizes Election Day Registration Bill Passed - House (83 - 59) 4/26 MS HB 921 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 39) 4/26 MS JR 1 State House Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 50) 4/11 NH SB 202 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (239 - 95) 4/10 AZ SB 1449 Establishes a Recall Primary Election for a Recall Election Bill Passed - House (36 - 22) 4/10 MS HB 921 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14) 4/05 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 29) 4/04 CT HJ 2 Authorizes Absentee Ballots for Any Reason Resolution Passed - House (97 - 50) 4/04 LA HB 209 Reduces Voting Hours Bill Passed - House (60 - 41) 4/03 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - House (72 - 57) 3/29 MI HB 5061 Requires Photo Identification for Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (65 - 45) 3/29 MO HB 1046 Requires Proof of Citizenship for Presidential Candidates Bill Passed - House (92 - 49) 3/28 NH HB 592 State House Redistricting Veto Override Passed - Senate (17 - 7) 3/28 NH HB 592 State House Redistricting Veto Override Passed - House (246 - 112) 3/28 OH SB 295 Repealing Provisions of the Election Revision Code Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 3/27 FL SJR 2B State Senate Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - House (61 - 47) 3/22 FL SJR 2B State Senate Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 3/21 AZ HB 2862 Appropriates Funds for Independent Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 9) 3/21 NH SB 318 Requires In-State Residency to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5) 3/20 CO HB 1111 Voter Identification Amendments Bill Passed - House (33 - 31) 3/20 AZ HB 2862 Appropriates Funds for Independent Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - House (36 - 20) 3/20 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (72 - 62) 3/15 KY SB 18 Amends Redistricting Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate (27 - 11) 3/14 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (104 - 88) 3/14 NY A 9525 State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0) 3/14 NY A 9525 State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - House (98 - 44) 3/08 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (66 - 31) 3/07 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 3/07 NH SB 289 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 5) 3/06 WI AJR 63 Limits Recalls of Elected Officials Amendment Adopted - House (60 - 37) 3/05 AZ SB 1449 Establishes a Recall Primary Election for a Recall Election Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11) 2/28 AZ SCR 1021 Repeals Public Campaign Financing Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/27 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/23 ID HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 16) 2/23 CO SB 147 Prohibits False Information Regarding Election Procedures and Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 2/23 KS HB 2437 Amends Voting Registration Requirements Bill Passed - House (81 - 43) 2/21 WI SB 386 Removes Voter Registration at High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16) 2/17 WY HB 32 State House and Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (49 - 9) 2/16 UT HB 90 Prohibiting Government Meetings on Caucus Nights Bill Passed - House (38 - 34) 2/16 KY HB 70 Authorizes People Convicted of Certain Felonies to Vote Bill Passed - House (78 - 18) 2/14 MI SB 751 Photo Identification Requirements for Absentee Voters Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 2/14 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 2/09 KS HB 2606 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (109 - 14) 2/09 MO HB 1104 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (101 - 54) 2/08 ID HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - House (56 - 12) 2/06 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/03 FL SB 1174 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (80 - 37) 2/03 GA HB 829 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (101 - 53) 2/03 UT HB 253 Removal of Voters from Voter Registration List Bill Passed - House (46 - 27) 2/01 WA EHCR 4409 Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 4) 2/01 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (56 - 12) 2/01 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2) 2/01 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (69 - 30) 1/31 CA AB 1148 Requires Political Advertisements to Disclose Funding Sources Bill Failed - House (52 - 26) 1/27 UT HB 286 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 0) 1/27 UT SB 125 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (69 - 0) 1/20 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19) 1/19 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 1/19 KY HB 1 State Senate, House, and Judicial Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 39) 1/18 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (75 - 19) 1/18 KY HB 1 State Senate, House, and Judicial Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 1/13 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 1/13 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 1/13 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21) 1/12 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (68 - 25) 1/12 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (67 - 25)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.