H. R. 1217
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 13, 2019
Mr. Gibbs (for himself, Mr. Norman, Mr. Weber of Texas, and Mr. Duncan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to prohibit a State from registering an individual to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual provides documentary proof that the individual is a citizen of the United States.
This Act may be cited as the
Ensuring American Voters Act of 2019.
Prohibiting registration to vote of individuals who fail to provide proof of United States citizenship
Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. 20507) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (k); and
by inserting after subsection (i) the following new subsection:
Prohibiting registration of individuals not providing proof of United States citizenship
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, a State may not register an individual to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless, at the time the individual applies to register to vote, the individual provides documentary proof that the individual is a citizen of the United States, which shall consist of any of the following (or a photocopy thereof):
A certified birth certificate issued by a State or unit of local government in a State.
A valid United States passport.
A Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Secretary of State.
A Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Paragraph (1) applies with respect to an individual who applies to register to vote under section 5, 6, or 7 (including an individual who submits the mail voter registration application form prescribed by the Election Assistance Commission pursuant to section 9), or who applies under any other method of voter registration available in the State.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to applications for voter registration which are submitted on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.