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Text of the National Voter Anti-Intimidation Election Act of 2001

This bill was introduced on July 31, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 31, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 2686 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2686

To prohibit States from carrying out certain law enforcement activities which have the effect of intimidating individuals from voting.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 31, 2001

Mr. HILLIARD introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To prohibit States from carrying out certain law enforcement activities which have the effect of intimidating individuals from voting.

    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 ‘National Voter Anti-Intimidation Election Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES AS INTERFERENCE WITH ELECTION.

    Section 595 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘Whoever’ and inserting ‘(a) Whoever’;

      (2) by striking ‘This section’ and inserting ‘(c) This section’; and

      (3) by inserting after the first paragraph the following:

    ‘(b) For purposes of subsection (a), if a law enforcement officer of a State or local government carries out any of the following activities on the date of an election for Federal office, the officer shall be considered to be using official authority for the purpose of interfering with the nomination or election of a candidate described in such subsection:

      ‘(1) Attendance at any polling place for any reason other than voting, responding to a request from an official conducting the election at the polling place, or responding to a threat of violence or harm directed at any person or property at the polling place.

      ‘(2) The arrest of any individual on the grounds that the individual has any outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

      ‘(3) The establishment of any traffic roadblock unless a felony has been committed within the previous 24 hours (or is in the process of being committed) and the roadblock is necessary to prevent the alleged felon from escaping.’.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    Except as otherwise provided, this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring after the date of the enactment of this Act.