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S. 3440 (116th): Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act of 2020

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About the bill

The provision could drastically change November’s election, if the covid-19 coronavirus is still circulating by then.


America has held elections during national pandemics before, like 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic. While it’s too early to predict whether the covid-19 coronavirus will still be virulent by November, some are already speculating about the virus’s effects on in-person voting locations.

Voting by mail has become more common in recent years. In 2018, about 40% of voters voted absentee, early, or by mail. One of the three covid-19 stimulus packages included funding to increase vote by mail options.

What the legislation does

The Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act would require all states to offer a vote-by-mail option, if at least 13 states declare a state of emergency …

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Length: 16 pages
Mar 11, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 11, 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).



Mar 11, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 3440 (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 S. 3440. 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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