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H.R. 1059: America Votes Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1059

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Veasey, Ms. Schrier, Mr. Rush, Mr. García of Illinois, Ms. Davids of Kansas, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Barragán, Ms. Sewell, Ms. Norton, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Ms. DeGette, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Jones, Ms. Johnson of Texas, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Brownley, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Speier, Ms. Titus, Mr. Welch, Mr. Garamendi, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Carson, Mr. Grijalva, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Soto, Mr. Himes, Ms. Strickland, Mr. Smith of Washington, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Swalwell, Mr. Espaillat, Ms. Omar, and Mr. Allred) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to permit an individual who is subject to a requirement to present identification as a condition of voting in an election for Federal office to meet such requirement by presenting a sworn written statement attesting to the individual’s identification, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the America Votes Act of 2021.

2.

Permitting use of sworn written statement to meet identification requirements for voting

(a)

Permitting use of statement

Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21081 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 303 the following new section:

303A.

Permitting use of sworn written statement to meet identification requirements

(a)

Use of statement

(1)

In general

Except as provided in subsection (c), if a State has in effect a requirement that an individual present identification as a condition of receiving and casting a ballot in an election for Federal office, the State shall permit the individual to meet the requirement—

(A)

in the case of an individual who desires to vote in person, by presenting the appropriate State or local election official with a sworn written statement, signed by the individual under penalty of perjury, attesting to the individual’s identification and attesting that the individual is registered to vote in the election; or

(B)

in the case of an individual who desires to vote by mail, by submitting with the ballot the statement described in subparagraph (A).

(2)

Providing pre-printed copy of statement

A State which is subject to paragraph (1) shall—

(A)

prepare a pre-printed version of the statement described in paragraph (1)(A) which includes a blank space for an individual to provide a name and signature;

(B)

make copies of the pre-printed version available at polling places for election officials to distribute to individuals who desire to vote in person; and

(C)

include a copy of the pre-printed version with each blank absentee or other ballot transmitted to an individual who desires to vote by mail.

(b)

Requiring use of regular ballot

A State may not require an individual who presents or submits a sworn written statement in accordance with subsection (a)(1) to cast a provisional ballot in the election under section 302.

(c)

Exception for first-Time voters registering by mail

Subsections (a) and (b) do not apply with respect to any individual described in paragraph (1) of section 303(b) who is required to meet the requirements of paragraph (2) of such section.

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(b)

Conforming amendment relating to enforcement

Section 401 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 21111) is amended by striking and 303 and inserting 303, and 303A.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the following new item:

Sec. 303A. Permitting use of sworn written statement to meet identification requirements.

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3.

Requiring States to include information on use of sworn written statement in voting information material posted at polling places

Section 302(b)(2) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21082(b)(2)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (E);

(2)

by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(G)

in the case of a State that has in effect a requirement that an individual present identification as a condition of receiving and casting a ballot in an election for Federal office, information on how an individual may meet such requirement by presenting a sworn written statement in accordance with section 303A.

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4.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.