S. 1975 (109th): Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005

Nov 08, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
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H.R. 4463 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Dec 07, 2005

Barack Obama
Senator from Illinois
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Nov 08, 2005
9 pages
Related Bills
S. 453 (110th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Sep 06, 2007

H.R. 4463 (Related)
Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 07, 2005


This bill was introduced on November 8, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Nov 08, 2005
Referred to Committee Nov 08, 2005
Full Title

A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections.


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4 cosponsors (4D) (show)

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Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005 - Amends the Revised Statutes and federal criminal law to prohibit any person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, from knowingly deceiving any other person regarding: (1) the time, place, or manner of conducting any federal election; or (2) the qualifications for or restrictions on voter eligibility for any such election. Creates a private right of action for any person aggrieved by a violation of such prohibition.
Prescribes a criminal penalty for such deceptive acts.
Authorizes any person to report a deceptive act to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (or a designee).
Requires the AAG to investigate such a report within 48 hours after its receipt and provide correct information to the voters if it is determined that an act of deception occurred.
Requires an immediate investigation if such a report is received within 72 hours before an election. Directs the AAG, in such an instance, to undertake immediately all effective measures necessary to provide correct information to voters affected by the deception.
Directs the Attorney General to study the feasibility of providing such corrective information through public service announcements, the emergency alert system, or other forms of public broadcast.

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