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H.R. 5840 (116th): Counting All Military Votes Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5840

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 11, 2020

(for himself, Mr. Bost, Mr. Cook, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Wittman, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Bergman, Mr. Walker, Mr. Pence, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Mast, Mr. Turner, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Wenstrup, Mr. McCaul, Ms. Cheney, Mr. David P. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Loudermilk, and Mr. Hudson) 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 ensure that absent uniformed services voters serving at diplomatic and consular posts of the United States are able to receive and transmit balloting materials in the same manner and with the same rights and protections as other absent uniformed services voters under such Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Counting All Military Votes Act.

2.

Ability of absent uniformed services voters serving at diplomatic and consular posts to receive and transmit balloting materials

(a)

Ensuring ability

(1)

In general

Section 101(b) of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (52 U.S.C. 20301(b)) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (10);

(B)

by striking the period at the end of paragraph (11) and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(12)

take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that an absent uniformed services voter who is absent from the United States by reason of active duty or service at a diplomatic and consular post of the United States is able to receive and transmit balloting materials in the same manner and with the same rights and protections as an absent uniformed services voter who is absent from the United States by reason of active duty or service at a military installation.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to elections held on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Clarification of treatment as absent uniformed services voters

Section 107(1)(A) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20310(1)(A)) is amended by striking active duty and inserting active duty (including active duty or service at a diplomatic and consular post of the United States).