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H.R. 1398 (115th): FAST Voting Act of 2017

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 7, 2017.


Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Voting Act of 2017 or the FAST Voting Act of 2017

This bill requires the Election Assistance Commission to award grants, on a competitive basis, to states to: (1) improve voter participation, such as by providing flexible registration opportunities, early voting, or absentee voting; (2) improve voting system security, such as by providing voting machines that are less than 10 years old, updating voting equipment to provide a verifiable paper trail at polling places, or implementing strong chain of custody procedures for voting equipment and paper records; and (3) implement automatic voter registration.