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Text of the Voter Registration Protection Act of 2001

This bill was introduced on April 24, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 24, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 1558 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1558

To prohibit States from denying any individual the right to register to vote for an election for Federal office, or the right to vote in an election for Federal office, on the grounds that the individual has been convicted of a Federal crime, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 24, 2001

Mr. HILLIARD (for himself, Mr. FILNER, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. CLYBURN, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. FRANK, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. CLAY, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. JEFFERSON, Mrs. MEEK of Florida, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. WYNN, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Ms. LEE, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. NADLER, and Mrs. CHRISTENSEN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To prohibit States from denying any individual the right to register to vote for an election for Federal office, or the right to vote in an election for Federal office, on the grounds that the individual has been convicted of a Federal crime, and for other purposes.

    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 ‘Voter Registration Protection Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITING DENIAL OF RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS ON BASIS OF CONVICTION OF FEDERAL CRIME.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no State may prohibit any individual from registering to vote for an election for Federal office, or from voting in an election for Federal office, on the grounds that the individual has been convicted of a Federal crime (except as provided in subsection (b)).

    (b) EXCEPTION FOR INDIVIDUALS REMAINING IN GOVERNMENT CUSTODY OR SUPERVISION- Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any individual who is in the custody of, or subject to supervision by, the State or the Federal government as a result of the individual’s conviction of a Federal crime at the time the individual seeks to register to vote or vote.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    (a) FEDERAL CRIME- In this section, the term ‘Federal crime’ means--

      (1) any offense under title 18, United States Code; or

      (2) any offense under chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

    (b) OTHER DEFINITIONS- In this section, the terms ‘election’ and ‘Federal office’ have the meaning given such terms in section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431).

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring after December 31, 2000.