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H.J.Res. 28 (111th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 3, 2009 (Introduced).

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1st Session

H. J. RES. 28


March 3, 2009

introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote.

That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:


All citizens of the United States who are eighteen years of age or older shall have the right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides. The right to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, any State, or any other public or private person or entity, except that the United States or any State may establish regulations narrowly tailored to produce efficient and honest elections.


Each State shall administer public elections in the State in accordance with election performance standards established by the Congress. The Congress shall reconsider such election performance standards at least once every four years to determine if higher standards should be established to reflect improvements in methods and practices regarding the administration of elections.


Each State shall provide any eligible voter the opportunity to register and vote on the day of any public election.


The Congress shall have power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.