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Text of the Voter Access Protection Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on November 2, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 2, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3316

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 2, 2011

(for himself and Ms. Moore) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To prohibit election officials from requiring individuals to provide photo identification as a condition of obtaining or casting a ballot in an election for Federal office or registering to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Voter Access Protection Act of 2011.

2.

Prohibiting states from imposing photo identification requirement for voting or registering to vote in federal elections

(a)

Prohibition

(1)

In general

Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15481 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 303 the following new section:

303A.

Prohibiting election officials from requiring individuals to present photo identification

(a)

Photo identification as a condition of voting

Except to the extent permitted under section 303(b), a State or local election official may not—

(1)

require an individual to present a photo identification (or, in the case of an individual who desires to vote by mail, a copy of a photo identification) as a condition of obtaining or casting a ballot in an election for Federal office; or

(2)

require an individual to cast a provisional ballot under section 302 solely on the grounds that the individual does not present a photo identification at the polling place.

(b)

Photo identification as a condition of registering To vote

A State or local election official may not require an individual to provide a photo identification (or, in the case of an individual who desires to register to vote by mail or online, a copy or electronic copy of a photo identification) as a condition of registering to vote in an election for Federal office.

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the following new item:

Sec. 303A. Prohibiting election officials from requiring individuals to present photo identification.

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(b)

Conforming amendment relating to enforcement

Section 401 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 15511) is amended by striking and 303 and inserting 303, and 303A.

3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring after the date of the enactment of this Act.