H. R. 6419
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 14, 2012
Mr. Larsen of Washington (for himself, Mr. Honda, Mr. Cleaver, Ms. Moore, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Moran, and Ms. Schwartz) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to permit an individual who is subject to a requirement to present identification as a condition of voting in an election for Federal office to meet such requirement by signing an affidavit attesting to the individual’s identification, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
America Votes Act of 2012.
Permitting use of affidavit to meet identification requirements for voting
Permitting use of affidavit
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:
Permitting use of affidavit to meet identification requirements
Use of affidavit
Except as provided in subsection (c), if a State has in effect a requirement that an individual present identification as a condition of receiving and casting a ballot in an election for Federal office, the individual may meet the requirement—
in the case of an individual who desires to vote in person, by presenting the appropriate State or local election official with an affidavit, signed by the individual under penalty of perjury, attesting to the individual’s identification and attesting that the individual is registered to vote in the election; or
in the case of an individual who desires to vote by mail, by submitting with the ballot the affidavit described in paragraph (1).
Requiring use of regular ballot
A State may not require an individual who presents or submits an affidavit in accordance with subsection (a) to cast a provision ballot in the election under section 302.
Exception for first-Time voters registering by mail
Subsections (a) and (b) do not apply with respect to any individual described in paragraph (1) of section 303(b) who is required to meet the requirements of paragraph (2) of such section.
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.
The table of contents of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the following new item:
Sec. 303A. Permitting use of affidavit to meet identification requirements.
Requiring States to include information on use of affidavit in voting information material posted at polling places
Section 302(b)(2) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15482(b)(2)) is amended—
and at the end of subparagraph (E);
by striking the
period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
in the case of a State that has in effect a requirement that an individual present identification as a condition of receiving and casting a ballot in an election for Federal office, information on how an individual may meet such requirement by presenting an affidavit in accordance with section 303A.
The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.