Description: TO PASS H.R. 11552.
Bill summary: (Measure passed House, amended, roll call #623 (239-147))
Voter Registration Act - Establishes the Voter Registration Administration within the Federal Election Commission. Lists the powers and duties of such Administration, including: (1) to establish and administer a program of voter registration by mail; and (2) to collect and publish information concerning elections in the United States for the use of the public, the President, and Congress.
States that a person is a qualified elector in
a Federal election if such person meets State law requirements of the State in which such person will vote except that such State must provide for qualification of such voters not later than 30 days prior to any Federal election.
Requires the Administration to prepare voter registration forms, to provide for their content, and to reply to applicants for registration. Authorizes States to use forms prescribed by State law if such forms comply with the requirements of this Act.
Authorizes the Administration to provide for the distribution and availability of registration forms at post offices, Federal, State, and local government offices, and military installations.
Authorizes the Administration to secure the assistance of State officials when a Federal election is held in a State. Requires such officials to report to the Administration whenever they have reason to believe that unqualified persons are attempting to register to vote and to request the assistance of the Administration to prevent fraudulent registration.
Authorizes the Attorney General to bring a civil action in the appropriate United States District Court to enjoin fraudulent registration, and sets criminal penalties for fraudulent registration.
Authorizes the Administration to reimburse States for the costs of processing registration forms required by this Act.
Authorizes the Administration to promulgate regulations to carry out the purposes of this Act, but requires that the Congress approve all such regulations before they become effective.
Provides that any State that adopts the provisions of the Federal Voting Assistance Act of 1955 with respect to any category of its electors shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions of this Act and is eligible for payments of financial assistance pursuant to this Act.
Authorizes the appropriation of $50,000,000 to carry out the provisions of this Act.
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Bill titles: A bill to establish a Voter Registration Administration within the Federal Election Commission for the purpose of administering a voter registration program through the Postal Service.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 122-122, p. H8498;
Links for more info on the vote: congress.gov