H.R. 5814 (112th): Poll Tape Transparency Act of 2012

May 17, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Rush Holt
Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district
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May 17, 2012
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This bill was introduced on May 17, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 17, 2012
Referred to Committee May 17, 2012
Full Title

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the publication of the poll tapes used in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.


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Poll Tape Transparency Act of 2012 - Amends the Help America Vote Act with respect to the requirements for each voting system used in a federal election.
Requires the appropriate election official, upon the closing of the polls at each polling place, and under the observation of the certified tabulation observers admitted to the polling place, to:
(1) announce the vote orally;
(2) post a copy of the poll tape reflecting the totals from each voting machine in the polling place upon which votes were cast;
(3) prepare and post a statement of the total number of individuals who appeared at the polling place to cast ballots; and
(4) display by noon the following day, at a prominent public location, a copy of each poll tape and statement.
Requires display of such information also on the official public websites of the applicable local election official and chief state election official.
Specifies similar treatment of ballots cast at early voting sites, absentee ballots, and the daily count of provisional ballots.

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