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H.R. 8189 (116th): To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a State from counting a ballot cast in an election for Federal office which is received by the State after the date of the election.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people will vote by mail. Different states have different rules for whether the ballot has to arrive by Election Day, or merely has to be postmarked by Election Day (or the day before), even if it actually arrives up to several days afterwards. And although the stereotype is that blue states are more lenient with their vote-by-mail laws and red states are stricter, this is not always the case.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states (plus the District of Columbia) allow a mail-in ballot to arrive after Election Day, including such red states as Alaska, Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. The other 32 states do not, including such blue states as Connecticut, …

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Louie Gohmert

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Sep 8, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 8, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Sep 8, 2020

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H.R. 8189 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8189. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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