H.R. 1655: Military Overseas Ballot Protection Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 18, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1655

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 18, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to require States to delay certifying the results of regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office in order to ensure the counting of any marked absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters that are collected by the Presidential designee under such Act for delivery to State election officials.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Military Overseas Ballot Protection Act.

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Delay in certification of results of general elections for Federal office in order to count absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters

Section 102 of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ff–1) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(j)

Delay in certification of results of certain elections in order To count absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters

(1)

In general

A State may not certify the results of a regularly scheduled general election for Federal office until the State has counted all of the valid marked absentee ballots of absent uniformed services voters cast in the election which are collected by the Presidential designee and delivered to the appropriate election officials in the State under section 103A.

(2)

Permitting certification at certain time after election

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a State may certify the results of a regularly scheduled general election for Federal office on the later of—

(A)

the expiration of the 10-day period which begins on the date of the election; or

(B)

the date provided under State law.

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