H.R. 128 (107th): Same Day Voter Registration Act of 2001

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Jan 03, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 128 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 128

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require States to permit individuals to register to vote in an election for Federal office on the date of the election.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 3, 2001

Mr. LUTHER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


A BILL

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require States to permit individuals to register to vote in an election for Federal office on the date of the election.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Same Day Voter Registration Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. REQUIRING STATES TO PERMIT VOTER REGISTRATION ON DATE OF ELECTION.

    (a) DESIGNATION OF POLLING PLACES AS VOTER REGISTRATION AGENCIES- Section 7(a)(2) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg-5(a)(2)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of subparagraph (A);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (B) and inserting ‘; and’; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

      ‘(C) each polling place in the State at which ballots are cast in an election for Federal office which is not otherwise designated as a voter registration agency under subparagraph (A) or (B) or paragraph (3).’.

    (b) SPECIAL RULES- Section 7(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1973gg-5(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    ‘(8) In the case of a polling place at which ballots are cast in an election for Federal office which is designated as a voter registration agency, the following rules shall apply:

      ‘(A) At the option of the State, the polling place shall serve as a voter registration agency only on the date of the election.

      ‘(B) On the date of the election, the polling place may not make services available under this section to any eligible applicant who does not cast a ballot at the polling place on such date.

      ‘(C) Clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) of paragraph (6)(B) shall not apply with respect to any forms distributed by the polling place on the date of the election.’.

    (c) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 8(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1973gg-6(a)(1)) is amended--

      (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ‘agency,’ and inserting ‘agency (other than an agency subject to subparagraph (D)),’;

      (2) by striking ‘and’ at the end of subparagraph (C);

      (3) by redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (E); and

      (4) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraph:

        ‘(D) in the case of registration on the date of the election at a polling place designated as a voter registration agency under paragraph (2)(C), if the valid voter registration form of the applicant is accepted at the polling place; and’.

SEC. 3. TRANSMITTAL OF COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO STATE ELECTION OFFICIAL.

    Section 7(d) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg-5(d)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘paragraph (2)’ and inserting ‘paragraphs (2) and (3)’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    ‘(3) In the case of a registration application accepted on the date of an election by a voter registration agency described in paragraph (2)(C), the agency shall transmit the application to the appropriate State election official at the time the agency transmits the ballots cast in the election to the official.’.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to the regularly scheduled general election for Federal office held during November 2002 and each subsequent election for Federal office.