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S. 561 (116th): Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

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A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Patrick Leahy

Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Length: 41 pages
Feb 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 26, 2019, 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).


46 Cosponsors (42 Democrats, 3 Independents, 1 Republican)

See Instead

H.R. 4 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Dec 6, 2019


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Leahy Hails House Passage Of H.R. 4, The Voting Rights Advancement Act
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT, 1975-2022] (Sponsor) on Dec 6, 2019

Wyden Leads Resolution to Designate September as National Voting Rights Month
    — Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 13, 2019

Rep. Veasey and Sen. Wyden Lead Bicameral Resolution to Designate September as National Voting Rights Month
    — Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33] on Sep 12, 2019

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Feb 26, 2019

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S. 561 (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. 561. 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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